Freedom of Information

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 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.

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

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.

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 18 Oct 2006 1:59 pm (Report this annotation)

The freedom of information Act is an excellent source of information, however sometimes it is difficult to get all the information asked for. I have had a problem in this matter as it is difficult to get information say regarding an MP if the MP has failed to provide the information to Parliament in the first place. I understand that this problem is being investigated and future requests should be provided in full.

James Anstee
Posted on 18 Oct 2006 7:52 pm (Report this annotation)

Maybe my request's for information relating to the late Peter Law and his wife the AM for this area, will finally available to me.