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Departments: Freedom of Information

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests were made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in each month of the last two years; what percentage of requests were responded to within 20 working days of their receipt; how many requests were successful; how many were rejected; and how many are the subject of (a) an appeal and (b) a complaint. (122053)

The following table includes figures for the number of requests received each month in 2005 and 2006. The percentage of requests responded to within 20 working days of their receipt are included in the quarterly statistical reports produced by the Ministry of Justice.

The number of successful and rejected requests are included in the quarterly statistical reports produced by the Ministry of Justice. We have interpreted the request for the number of requests subject to complaint as cases where an internal review has been requested, these figures are included on the following table.

We have interpreted the request for the number of requests subject on an appeal, as cases where a complaint has been made to the Information Commissioner, these figures are included on the following table. These figures relate to cases where the Information Commissioner has advised us that an appeal has been received, and are provided as an annual figure as we are not always informed of the month when a complaint was made to the Commissioner.

There has been one Information Tribunal case.

Freedom of information requests received by the Home Office in 2005 and 2006

Number received

2005

2006

January

299

222

February

230

213

March

188

239

April

155

199

May

99

216

June

118

256

July

121

247

August

135

200

September

159

286

October

148

270

November

184

293

December

117

216

Number of internal review requests received by the Home Office in 2005 and 2006

Number received

2005

2006

January

0

9

February

4

13

March

9

10

April

9

7

May

17

6

June

15

10

July

11

9

August

6

19

September

10

9

October

4

15

November

14

6

December

12

10

Total

111

123

Number of cases at the Information Commissioner

Number

2005

26

2006

40