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House of Commons Commission written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 1451W, on Freedom of Information, whether the log of FOI requests is available for inspection by hon. Members.

Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

The logs used to track the House's responses to FOI requests are maintained on computer spreadsheets. The logs include personal data relating to requesters and other third parties, a brief summary of the request and an indication of any exemption that might have been applied. Rather than providing full details of each request and response, each log makes reference to documents held in electronic and paper format; it is these documents that provide information relating to the full text of the request and the exact nature of the response. Therefore, in their current form, the logs are not available for general inspection by hon. Members. Further consideration will be given to producing and making available for inspection a summary of requests and responses. I will write to the hon. Member with the outcome of that work in due course.

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