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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality how many freedom of information requests made to the Government Equalities Office 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 since the GEO was established. (201734)

Since the establishment of the Government Equalities Office, the breakdown of freedom of information requests made is as follows.

Number

Answered within 20 days

2

Answered within 40 days

2

Answered within 60 days

Not answered

1

Answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000

1

The GEO has also received a request to review a decision made to not publish information sought under section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act. This was responded to within six weeks.

In anticipation of future requests, the GEO is increasing its capacity to deal effectively with freedom of information requests.