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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 475: debated on Monday 28 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. (201727)

The Department have received a total of 27 requests since July 2007. Of these, 17 were responded to within 20 days and one within 40 days. The remaining nine requests are currently in progress. Of these nine cases, seven are new requests, one is at Internal Review stage and one is at Information Commissioner’s stage. None of the cases in progress are currently overdue.

With regards to exemptions, seven cases were withheld in full or withheld in part. The following exemptions were cited:

Sec 27: 1

Sec 35: 5

Sec 36: 1

Sec 40: 1

Sec 43: 5