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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 507: debated on Monday 15 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many freedom of information requests his Department, its predecessors and its executive agencies replied to in each of the last five years. (321687)

BIS and its predecessors has replied to the following number of freedom of information requests in each of the last five years:

Number

2005

694

2006

578

2007

521

2008

799

2009

1,053

I have approached the chief executives of the Insolvency Service, Companies House, the National Measurement Office and the Intellectual Property Office and they will respond to the hon. Member directly.

Letter from Gareth Jones, dated 12 March 2010:

I am replying on behalf of Companies House to your Parliamentary Question tabled 8 March 2010, UIN 321687 to the Minister of State for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Companies House received the following number of Freedom of Information requests in each of the last five calendar years:

Number

2005

90

2006

101

2007

106

2008

116

2009

210

Letter from Stephen Speed, dated 11 March 2010:

The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked me to reply to your question—"how many freedom of information requests his Department, its predecessors and its executive agencies replied to in each of the last five years".

The Insolvency Service is a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act. There are no requirements under the Act for a public authority to record or catalogue requests that are received, irrespective of whether the request refers to the Act or must be dealt with under the provisions of the Act. From January 2009 Cabinet Office instructions were incorporated within The Service's Security Policy Framework Document to fulfil HMG requirements for the central recording and reporting of Freedom of Information requests.

Any logging or recording of requests for information prior to January 2009 was done for administrative purposes, to meet the stated policy of the public authority and any existing requirements imposed by Central Government.

The Insolvency Service has not centrally logged all requests received across The Service for the period from January 2005 to December 2008 and individual Directorates within The Service were responsible for responding to the requests they received. Consequently the figure provided below may well be a slight understatement of actual requests received and dealt with by The Service.

In the period March 2005 to February 2010 The Insolvency Service has recorded a total of 1,238 requests.

Letter from John Alty, dated 10 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the Intellectual Property Office to your Parliamentary Question tabled 8 March 2010, to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The number of freedom of information requests received by the Intellectual Property Office from 2005 to 2009, are as follows:

FOI requests

Number

2005

48

2006

37

2007

15

2008

113

2009

167

Total

380

Letter from Peter Mason, dated 9 March 2010:

I am responding in respect of the National Measurement Office (NMO) (formerly National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML)) to your Parliamentary Question tabled on 08/03/2010 [reference 2009/1630] to the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, asking how many Freedom of Information requests his Department, its predecessors and its executive agencies replied to in each of the last five years.

The number of Freedom of Information requests handled by NMO (2009/10) and NWML (2005/09) was:

Number

2005/06

0

2006/07

1

2007/08

7

2008/09

8

2009/10

10