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Internal review and public interest extension statistics

The annual FOI statistics for central government published by the Ministry of Justice last week contain figures on the the duration of internal reviews and public interest extensions. The Campaign for Freedom of Information has previously highlighted the inadequacy of the Ministry of Justice’s statistics in these two areas. Some improvements to the statistics have been incorporated into this year’s annual report, though it is still not possibly to identify how long the most serious delays were.

Duration of public interest extensions

The Information Commissioner’s guidance says

47% completed the public interest test consideration in 20 working days or less.
39% took between 20 and 60 working days
14% took longer than 60 working days

Internal reviews
58% took 20 working days or less
34% took between 21 and 60 working days
8% took longer than 60 working days

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