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.