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Well, we find it is quite a difficult exemption to actually apply and very often, sometimes, there are other exemptions that are perhaps easier to apply to the information. The few occasions that we have used it, obviously, it requires the decision of the appropriate officer, which is Mr Wild, and obviously he takes great consideration when deliberating whether the information should be released or not. Therefore, he has very often decided that it is not appropriate to exempt that information and we have relied on perhaps other exemptions or have looked more seriously at what information can be released and just applied a different exemption to more limited information. But it is a very difficult exemption to apply and perhaps if other members of the authority could apply that exemption which would then allow Geoff, in his capacity as the Director of Law and Governance, to review that position, maybe it would have been used more often.

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