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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many freedom of information requests were submitted to the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last two years. (318066)

The following table shows the number of requests received by the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) in the last two years.

Number of requests received

2008

183

2009

254

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has committed to publishing quarterly updates in relation to departmental performance under FOI, including information on both the volume and outcome of requests. The bulletins up to the 2009 third quarter can be found on the MOJ website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformation quarterly.htm

and in the Libraries of both Houses. MOJ will be publishing information from the 2009 fourth quarter in spring 2010.