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Departmental Freedom of Information

Attorney-General 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 Attorney-General

(1) how many requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the Law Officers' Departments have 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;

(2) in respect of how many responses to requests for information received by the Law Officers' Departments under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the reason of (a) commercially sensitive information, (b) information not held, (c) information too costly to provide and (d) vexatious or repeated requests has been given in response since January 2010;

(3) which Minister in the Law Officers' Departments 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 Edward Garnier Edward Garnier The Solicitor-General

Tables containing the latest available Freedom of Information data for the Law Officers' Departments have been placed in the Library of the House.

Freedom of Information cases received by the AGO are generally dealt with by departmental officials, but either one of the two Law Officers can be consulted in those cases where it is necessary to determine whether information should be withheld under the section 36 exemption (Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs).

The other Law Officers' Departments are public authorities in their own right under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and are responsible for responding to requests for information themselves.

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