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Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Implementation in Central Government)

Volume 450: debated on Monday 9 October 2006

My noble Friend the Under-Secretary of State has made the following written ministerial statement:

“Today I have deposited copies of ‘The Freedom of Information Act 2000—Statistics on Implementation in Central Government April to June 2006’ in the Libraries of both Houses. This is the sixth quarterly bulletin produced by the DCA monitoring the performance of central Government and associated bodies under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please note that this report contains some revisions to previously published statistics on disclosure outcomes. A full explanation of the changes is given in the report”.

Further to this statement, I would like to inform the House that as a result of the above revisions, the information contained in my answer to a written parliamentary question from the late previous Member for Blaenau Gwent on 25 January 2006, Official Report, columns 2156-57W, concerning the operation on the Freedom of Information Act during its first year, was inaccurate. The previous answer should read that in the third quarter of 2005, for those bodies whose performance is monitored by DCA, 58 per cent. of resolvable requests resulted in the full disclosure of information, not 67 per cent. as stated originally.