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The request was for a copy of the brief, tender notice and report or similar documentation produced for NHS Improvement in relation to its external evaluation of the Regulation Directorate.
NHS Improvement held the information requested and decided to withhold some of the information it held on the basis of the exemptions in sections 40 and 41 of the FOI Act.
An internal review was conducted and the original decision was upheld on the basis of the applicability of section 36.