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Freedom of Information

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what percentage of requests for information by (a) hon. Members and (b) members of the public under the Freedom of Information Act have been refused by her Department for each complete year for which figures are available. (96082)

In 2005, the last year for which figures are available, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office refused a total of 22 per cent. of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. This figure breaks down as follows: 8 per cent. were refused because the cost of responding was likely to exceed the £600 cost limit, and 13 per cent. were considered to engage various of the Act’s exemptions which prevented any information being released.

FOI requestors are not required to provide details about themselves. Our statistics do not distinguish between hon. Members, members of the public or any other type of requestor.