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FOI Statistics Apr-June 2009

The quarterly statistics bulletin on FOI implementation within central government have been published for the period April to June 2009.

Executive summary
Departments of State reported receiving 5,769 “non-routine” information requests during the second quarter of 2009 (Q2). Other monitored bodies received 4,195 requests. Across all monitored bodies, a total of 9,964 requests were received, of which 92 per cent had been processed at the time of monitoring. This includes 189 requests handled under the amended Environmental Information Regulations (EIRs) which came into force on 1 January 2005. [see Table 1]

The 9,964 requests across all monitored bodies received in the second quarter of 2009 is 12 per cent greater than the 8,865 received during the corresponding quarter of 2008. [see Table A]

During Q2 of 2009, 86 per cent of all monitored bodies’ requests (excluding those “on hold” or lapsed) were “in time”, in that they were processed within the statutory deadline* or were subject to a permitted deadline extension. This figure is the same as in the previous quarter but slightly lower than in the corresponding quarter of 2008. [see Table 2 and Table B] Of all “resolvable” requests received during Q2 of 2009 (i.e. requests where it was possible to make a substantive decision on whether to release the information being sought), 55 per cent were granted in full, slightly lower than in the previous quarter. [see Table 3 and Table C]

Quarterly statistics – April to June 2009 (Pdf 0.18mb 38 pages)

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