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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 20 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 were made to his Department since 2005; how many requests were (a) agreed to and (b) refused in each of those years; how many refusals were subject to appeal to the Information Commissioner in each of those years; how many appeals were successful; if he will place in the Library copies of the material subsequently provided in each case; how much was spent by his Department opposing each appeal; which (i) consultants and (ii) law firms were employed by his Department in connection with each appeal; and if he will make a statement. (244830)

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State for Justice (Mr. Wills) on 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 507W.