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Freedom of Information Act

Volume 712: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which individuals and organisations have made requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to Government bodies about MPs and members of the House of Lords in (a) each of the last three years, and (b) 2009 to date; in each case, what were the dates of the requests; what information was sought; and which requests were met and which refused. [HL4975]

The Ministry of Justice publishes quarterly and annual statistics on information requests received by over 40 central government bodies. These statistics provide information on the volume of requests received, the timeliness of requests and the outcomes of requests. Data regarding the identity of requesters and the nature of information sought in each case are not collected.

To provide this information would require all central government bodies to conduct searches of individual case records and it would incur a disproportionate cost to do so.