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Freedom of Information

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average length of time is for (a) the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and (b) the ICO Freedom of Information Operation Team 5— Local Government (South) to allocate a freedom of information case to a caseworker. (244169)

Figures available relate to Freedom of Information cases closed by the ICO between April 2007 and September 2008.

Of the cases closed by the ICO between April 2007 and March 2008, the average number of days from receipt by the ICO to allocation to a case officer was 69. Between April and September 2008, the average time taken for allocation following receipt by the ICO was 64 days.

Of the cases closed by FOI Operation Team 5—Local Government (South) between April 2007 and March 2008, the average number of days from receipt by Team 5 to allocation to a complaints officer was 117. Between April and September 2008, the average time taken for allocation following receipt by Team 5 was 130 days.

This information has been provided by the ICO.