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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in 2008; and how many of these received a substantive response within 20 days. (305499)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) was created in June 2009 from the merger of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

As BIS did not exist in 2008, we have supplied the statistics for the former BERR.

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice on freedom of information in central Government for 2008 show that of a total of 737 non-routine requests received by the former BERR Department (based on aggregated quarterly data) 70 per cent. (516) received a substantive response within 20 days. 87 per cent. (638) of requests were dealt with ‘in time’, that is within 20 days by meeting the deadline or other permitted extension deadline.

The statistics can be found on the Ministry of Justice website at:

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

and copies are available in the Libraries of the House.