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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 which Minister in her Department is responsible for determining whether exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 should apply to responses to requests for information under the Act; and which other Minister is responsible for making such determinations should the subject matter of the request fall within the Ministerial responsibilities of the Minister with lead responsibility.

Photo of Damian Green Damian Green The Minister for Immigration

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires that a Minister must determine whether an exemption applies only in the case of the exemption under section 36 of the Act. Any Minister may determine that section 36 applies. The application of other exemptions in the Act is determined by officials.

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