Freedom of Information

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th January 2012.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department publishes on its website its response to each request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; whether the response is published in the same part of its website on each occasion; and what the average time taken is between responding to a request and the information being made available on the website.

Photo of Steve Webb Steve Webb The Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions

The Department for Work and Pensions does not publish its response to every request it receives under the Freedom of Information Act, not least because the volumes are too large and in any event many are quite routine.

However, the Department regularly publishes those responses where the information released is of wider public interest. Officials endeavour to publish such releases as soon as possible and they can be found at the following address:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/freedom%2Dof%2Dinformation/information%2Dreleased%2Dunder/

In addition, all the Department’s responses to the What Do They Know website are automatically published on that website. This constitutes around 20% of the Department’s freedom of information responses.

The What Do They Know website can be found at the following address:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/dwp

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