Office for Nuclear Regulation

Devonshire Dock Complex, Barrow

Date released
27 April 2022
Request number


Release of information under
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

Information requested

Please can you provide me with any reports generated as a result of this incident referenced in the Q3-4 site report for the Devonshire Dock Complex, Barrow:

Information released

We confirm that under Section 1 of the FOIA, we have identified three documents relevant to your request:

However, we are withholding this information under the following exemptions of the FOIA.

Exemptions applied

24, 26, 40, 43

PIT (Public Interest Test) if applicable

Section 40 – Personal information

Some of the information has been withheld as it is personal data. This consists of an email address, along with several names and job titles. Release of each of this type of information could identify the individual either directly or indirectly. The personal data has been withheld using the exemption Section 40(2) of the FOIA.

Release of the information would breach principle (a) of GDPR (lawfulness, fairness and transparency) on the grounds that there is no lawful basis to process this data. In addition, releasing this personal data would also breach principle (b) of GDPR (purpose limitation) as the data was provided for the purposes of document control.

This is an absolute exemption and so does not require the public interest test.

Qualified exemptions

In our previous response to you dated 28 March 2022, we set out that we were considering the public interest test in relation to the following exemptions of the FOIA that we believe are engaged:

Section 24 – Safeguarding national security

Section 26 – Defence

Section 43 – Commercial interests

Public Interest Test

As these are qualified exemptions, we are required to balance the public interest between disclosure and non-disclosure. We have therefore applied the Public Interest Test, as set out below.

Factors for disclosure

Factors against disclosure


After careful consideration of the factors set out above, we have concluded that the information should be withheld. On balance, the interests of national security and defence, and commercial interests, far outweigh the need for openness in terms of the specific information that you have requested.