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Freedom of Information

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff in his Department are employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department. (257630)

All freedom of information requests made to my Department are handled by the Data Access and Compliance Unit. Of the 27 staff employed in the Unit, 17 deal with the management of freedom of information requests. The remainder are responsible for handling requests under the Data Protection Act 1998, or have administrative or managerial duties.

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department (a) fulfilled and (b) refused in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007. (257753)

My Department has published annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2006 and 2007.

These reports include statistics on the number of non-routine requests received by this Department and the initial outcomes of these requests.

The reports can be found at the following address:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformationquarterly.htm

In addition, copies of each report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.