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Departmental Freedom of Information

Home Department written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 her Department has received in each month since May 2010; how many responses given in each such month disclosed (a) the full information requested, (b) part of the information requested, with some information withheld under exemptions in the Act and (c) none of the information requested; and in respect of how many requests received in each such month (i) (A) substantive and (B) holding responses were issued within 20 working days of the date of receipt, (ii) no substantive response was issued within 40 working days of the date of receipt and (iii) no substantive response has yet been issued.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

Information up to June 2011 is set out in the following tables. Information on Freedom of Information Act performance for Government Departments in the 3(rd) and 4(th) quarters of 2011 will be published by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in late 2011 or early 2012. The most recent MoJ statistics are available at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/statistics-and-data/foi/index.htm

Table 1: Freedom of information requests received by the Home Office, May 2010 to June 2011
  2010
May June July August September October November December
Requests received 200 262 278 234 268 279 327 221
Substantive response within 20 working days 145 191 216 193 221 229 254 191
Holding response within 20 working days 55 76 61 41 47 49 73 30
No substantive response within 40 working days 10 10 18 7 6 13 15 7
No substantive response yet issued 0 0 0 0 0 0 ¦0 0
  2011
January February March April May June
Requests received 272 311 284 217 263 306
Substantive response within 20 working days 243 266 246 194 239 275
Holding response within 20 working days 29 44 38 23 24 30
No substantive response within 40 working days 9 9 12 8 6 7
No substantive response yet issued 0 0 0 0 0 1
Note: The columns do not sum because (a) in some cases both a holding and a substantive response may have been sent within 20 days and (b) in some cases a holding response may have been sent within 20 days but no substantive response was sent within 40 days.
Table 2: Freedom of information responses sent by the Home Office, May 2010 to June 2011
  2010
May June July August September October November December
Information released in full 68 79 106 83 100 89 87 108
Information released in part 19 22 24 48 35 37 32 30
Information withheld in full 13 25 11 15 56 23 17 15
  2011
January February March April May June
Information released in full 95 97 111 76 81 95
Information released in part 39 34 43 35 28 32
Information withheld in full 12 17 18 24 27 38
Note: The figures do not include cases where no information was held or where the cost limit was invoked.

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