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Freedom of Information

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hon. Members have referred responses to requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to the Information Commission in each of the last three years; and in each case how many such referrals were not resolved after 12 months of consideration. (287999)

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the independent authority responsible for enforcing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Information about the numbers of complaints referred by hon. Members to the ICO and the time taken to resolve them is set out as follows. However, it should be noted that this information was identified on the basis of complaints made from a respondent address of the Palace of Westminster. It does not include referrals made by hon. Members from their constituency or other address or from MEPs or MSPs.

Number of hon. Members

Total number of cases

Resolved in over 12 months

2006-07

16

17

7

2007-08

28

44

5

2008-09

32

72

2

2009-10 (to 25 August 2009)

8

13

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The ICO is committed to resolving cases as efficiently as possible, and is improving its closure rates despite large increases in the volume of case receipts since the introduction of the Act.

This information was provided by the ICO.