Leather schools minutes blocked

The Charity Commission has refused to disclose the full minutes of a board meeting at which it was decided that Dame Suzi Leather, chair of the regulator, should not take part in discussions about public benefit and fee-paying schools.

Third Sector made a freedom of information request after the announcement, which was made because Leather's daughter is being educated at a private school (Third Sector, 22 August).

But the commission said the minutes were exempted from release because the meeting qualified as "formulation of government policy".

It added that a request for the commission's legal advice on the issue was exempted on the grounds of "legal professional privilege".

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