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Constitutional Affairs written question – answered on 17th October 2006.

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Photo of Dai Davies Dai Davies Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether her Department has collected statistics on the number of freedom of information requests turned down by (a) Departments and (b) non-departmental public bodies on the grounds that the request was considered to be vexatious.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs

On 22 May 2006, the DCA published the First Annual Report on the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The report includes detailed statistics on the number of freedom of information requests refused on the grounds that the request was vexatious by Departments of state and by other central Government bodies monitored by DCA.

The Freedom of Information Annual Report 2005 can be found online at:

http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/imprep/annrep05.pdf

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 18 Oct 2006 2:30 pm (Report this annotation)

Once again an interesting question. I have had some information requests turned down, not because they were vexatious in any way, just that they refused to answer. For Example, If I request the number of times my MP happens to turn up in Parliament it is regarded as vexatious by somebody because they refused to tell me. On the other hand I can find out thanks to "They work for you" that my MP has had replies to 55 written questions, (Apparently these replies to the questions are now costing in the region of £170 a time). He has spoken in 1 debate (His maiden speech) and attended 3% of votes. The point of my request under the freedom of information act is that my MP could be spending all his time anywhere from Mexico to Merthyr Tydfil for all I know and just emailing his questions to parliament. Surely I deserve an answer to my query? After all, the constituents of the Hon Gent for Blaenau Gwent will no doubt like to know the answer to my query. Still, I shall persists with my requests and no doubt get some satisfaction relayed to me from other sources. I have recently been reliably informed that the information I requested plus other points I wish to raise will be forwarded to me in future on a weekly basis.

Robert Nicholson
Posted on 18 Oct 2006 7:38 pm (Report this annotation)

Ken: is that 3% of all possible votes or is it measured against the lifetime of the parliament?

James Anstee
Posted on 18 Oct 2006 7:49 pm (Report this annotation)

Robert, that is 3% of all possible votes since he was elected on June 29th. Value for money? The MP should concern himself with representing the people of Blaenau Gwent in parliament and at the highest levels of government and not concerning himself with local matter thats the concern of his AM conterpart, Mrs Law. Is he the AM or MP? But I really think that David Davies realises that parliament is a lonely place on his own and realises that government doesn't listen to lone voices in the wilderness