Department for International Trade: Freedom of Information

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 25th April 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office), Campaigns and Elections Chair

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many staff in his Department respond to Freedom of Information requests.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) does not have a specific number of staff tasked with responding to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. On receipt, FOI requests are allocated to officials in the area of the Department relevant to the subject of the request, who then provide the response.

The Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Information Rights Unit (IRU) processes all FOI requests on behalf of DIT and provides advice and assistance to staff on the application of information rights legislation. The IRU consists of eight members of staff.

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