Freedom of Information

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 7th April 2005.

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Photo of Mr Llew Smith Mr Llew Smith Labour, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what applications were made to her Department during January under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; what the cost was of discovery and distribution of the information requested; how many requests were answered within the statutory 20 days; and what reasons were given to those whose requests were rejected.

Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry

My Department received 147 applications under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in January. No information is held centrally on the cost of dealing with these applications. 91 or 62 per cent. of the applications were answered within the statutory 20 days. 45 or 30 per cent. of the applications were refused in full or in part on the grounds of relevant exemptions provided for by the Act.

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