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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests to the Cabinet Office have not yet received a substantive decision owing to an on-going consideration of public interest issues, where the original request was made (a) 20 or more working days, (b) six or more months and (c) 12 or more months ago. (210942)

The Ministry of Justice has published three annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 2006 and 2007. All the reports are available on the Ministry of Justice's website. The 2005 and 2006 reports are at the following address:

http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/reference/statisticsAndReports.htm

The 2007 report is at this address:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformation quarterly.htm

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.