Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Freedom of Information

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Peter Grant Peter Grant Scottish National Party, Glenrothes

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what instructions have been given to staff in his Department dealing with freedom of information requests on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No. 19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, in considering whether to apply the exemptions in section 38 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

No specific guidance has been issued to staff on the application of Freedom of Information Act Awareness Guidance No.19, issued by the Information Commissioner's Office, about the application of section 38 of the Act. However, the Ministry of Justice has published its own guidance on the use of this exemption. This is available at: http://www.justice.gov.uk/information-access-rights/foi-guidance-for-practitioners/exemptions-guidance.

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