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Freedom of Information

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to volume 2, page 41 of his Department’s Annual Report for 2008-09, what proportion of the requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 received in 2008 were from foreign embassies, high commissions or governments; what proportion of such requests resulted in full or partial disclosures of information; and if he will make a statement. (286244)

Freedom of Information requests received at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are recorded and logged on a database by the date received and by the name of the requestor.

Information about the company or organisation the requestor may represent is not recorded. Requests from foreign embassies, high commissions or governments cannot therefore be identified without incurring disproportionate cost.