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Departments: Freedom of Information

Volume 459: debated on Monday 16 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria she applies when deciding the information to be included in response to (a) written parliamentary questions and (b) Freedom of Information requests; and if she will undertake an assessment (i) of the volume of information given in response to each category of inquiry and (ii) the reasons for any discrepancies in the volume of information supplied. (129357)

The Cabinet Office guidance on answering parliamentary questions provides advice to officials on answering parliamentary questions. The guidance covers situations where similar information has been requested in a parliamentary question and in a Freedom of Information request. Copies of the guidance are available in the Library. Freedom of Information requests are considered in accordance with the legislation.