Departmental Freedom of Information

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 15th December 2009.

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Photo of Sarah Teather Sarah Teather Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 his Department received in 2008; and how many of these received a substantive response within 20 days.

Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Schools)

Statistics published by the Ministry of Justice on Freedom of Information in central Government for 2008 show that of a total of 554 non-routine requests received by the Department (based on aggregated quarterly data) 88 per cent. (485) received a substantive response within 20 days. 92 per cent. (511) of requests were dealt with 'in time', that is within 20 days by meeting the deadline or other permitted extension deadline.

The statistics can be found on the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.Justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformationquarterly.htm and copies are available in the House Libraries.

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