To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the report on the Freedom of Information Act 2000, Statistics on Implementation in Central Government, Second Quarter 2006, April to June, what assessment has been made of the reasons for the changes in the number of freedom of information requests made to departments.
There were 4,293 requests made to Departments of State under the Freedom of Information Act during the second quarter of the 2006 calendar year. This represents a fall of 623 from the first quarter of the year, but an increase of 465 compared to same quarter of 2005.
There appears to be a slight increase in the underlying trend in Department of State request numbers. However, it is too early to be precise on this point, because year-on-year comparisons may be distorted by seasonal variations and atypical periods of activity.