Departmental Freedom of Information

Defence written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of freedom of information requests received by his Department since the entry into force of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 originated from (a) parliamentarians, (b) businesses, (c) academies and (d) media sources.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The total number of freedom of information requests received by the Department since the Act came into force in 2005, until the end of September 2007, is 10,104. Of these requests, and where the occupation of the applicant was stated:

1.6 per cent. were received from parliamentarians;

9 per cent. from business;

4.4 per cent. from academics and

17.8 per cent. from media sources.

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