Official Information Act Request
25 August 2021
Email: [FYI request #16003 email]
Dear Mr Slater
Thank you for your request, which we received on 28 July 2021, for the following information:
“Copies of all legal opinions/reports/analysis on growing genetically engineered low
nicotine tobacco under the current Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act
We have sent two emails asking you to clarify your request. As you have not responded we
have not been able to narrow the scope of your request. I am therefore refusing your request
under section 18(f) of the Official Information Act (the OIA), as the information requested
cannot be made available without substantial collation or research.
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision.
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we are asked. Any information that might identify you will be removed to protect your privacy.
Dr Allan Freeth