Cabinet Office: Freedom of Information

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 19th September 2017.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Shadow Lord President of the Council

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he has taken to improve the quality and timeliness of his Department's responses to Freedom of Information requests.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

Last year, the Cabinet Office responded to 94% of requests in time. This was 3% above the average timeliness of other monitored bodies. In the first quarter of this year Cabinet Office answered 96% of requests in time. The Cabinet Office receives requests for some of the most sensitive information in Government, and must consider the public interest carefully when considering whether it is appropriate to release information in response to those requests.

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