Exclusion of the press and public from meetings

How, in practice, should reports be written to take account of this new approach?

Where there is considered to be exempt information in a report, decide if it should be placed in a schedule separate to the main body of the report. All that does is physically separate the potentially exempt information into an easily identifiable document.

In the event of a FOIA request being made, the main body of the report can then be disclosed with the exempt schedule being withheld. This will not always be a practical option, particularly where the exempt information forms the majority of the information within the report or where its separation from the rest of a report makes the report meaningless or difficult to interpret or present. In such cases, there may be no alternative to making all of the report exempt.