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Freedom of Information

Volume 709: debated on Wednesday 1 April 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Freedom of Information requests made to the Ministry of Justice are outstanding. [HL2468]

The Ministry of Justice has published quarterly reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests. These reports include statistics on the number of outstanding requests by monitored bodies (including central government departments). The most recent published report for Quarter 3 2008 (between July and September) shows that, of the 676 requests received by the MoJ during this period, 176 were still being processed at the time the statistics were collected. This report can be found at the following address: www.justice.gov.uk/docs/foi-quarterly-stats-jul-sep-08.pdf.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Freedom of Information requests made to the Ministry of Justice have taken longer than six months to respond to. [HL2469]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the Ministry of Justice takes on average to respond to Freedom of Information requests. [HL2470]

The Ministry of Justice has published quarterly reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests. These reports include statistics on the time taken to respond to requests by monitored bodies (including central government departments). The most recent published report relates to Quarter 3 2008 (between July and September). This shows that, of the 676 requests received by the MoJ during this period, 425 (63 per cent) were answered “in time”, in that they either received a response within the standard 20-day deadline required by the Freedom of Information Act or were subject to a permitted extension to the deadline to allow additional time for considering the public interest in whether or not to disclose the information requested. Statistics are not collected on the average length of time to respond to requests or the number of requests that have taken longer than six months to respond to. The Quarter 3 2008 report can be found at the following address: www.justice.gov.uk/docs/foi-quarterly-stats-jul-sep-08.pdf.