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Freedom of Information

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 12 January 2009, Official Report, column 511W, on freedom of information, for what reasons the time taken by Freedom of Information Operation Team 5 to allocate to a complaints officer following receipt between April and September 2008 was 130 days compared to 64 for all Information Commissioner's Office cases. (249511)

64 days is the average time taken for the allocation of any case received by the ICO to a complaints officer, and includes the cases handled by an initial case reception team. Less straightforward cases are passed on to more specialist operational teams.

Once the specialist teams receive a case, the team leader conducts an initial appraisal before it is placed in a queue to be handled by the next available caseworker. The 130 days referred to above is the average time taken between receipt in FOI Operational Team 5 to allocation to a complaints officer in that team.

This information has been provided by the ICO.

I will write to the hon. Member to arrange for more detail to be provided on the ICO's case allocation process.