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Information regarding IPSA's purchase of 25 carousel cabinets
FOI2011-047
Disclosure Date:12 Apr 2011
Categories: IPSA - FINANCIAL
Exemptions Applied: Section 31
Request

I would like to request copies of all information held by the Authority, including receipts, invoices, work orders and job specifications, relating to IPSA's purchase of 25 carousel cabinets, as listed in your response to my previous FOI request: (http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/54695/response/143494/attach/4/Furniture%20Count%20FOI125.pdf)

Response

After carrying out a search of our records, I can advise that IPSA holds an invoice detailing information relating to the purchase of the twenty five carousel cabinets. A copy of which is included. Please note information regarding other items of furniture have been removed from the invoice as it is outside the scope of your request.

We have withheld the account number, invoice and control number, sales order and customer purchase order number. We have withheld this information under Section 31(1)(a) (Law enforcement) of the FOI Act. This section of the Act states that information is exempt if its disclosure under the FOI Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the prevention (or detection) or crime.

After considering the nature of the withheld information it is our opinion that were a disclosure to be made into the public domain it is probable that this information could be traced back to sensitive personal or commercial information which could be used for criminal activity. Although we recognise the public interest in transparency surrounding the publishing of invoice information there is also a strong public interest in ensuring that as an organisation we are able to protect both ourselves and suppliers from the threat of being subjected to criminal activity, which is achieved through our capacity to withhold certain information from disclosure. It is for this reason that we have decided that the application of the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.