Central government FOI statistics Apr-June 2011

The quarterly FOI statistics for central government have been published for the period April to June 2011. The figures show that the Cabinet Office, which, along with Ministry Defence, was required to sign an undertaking by the Information Commissioner earlier this year to improve compliance, answered less than half of requests within 20 working days.

Ranked in order of their performance in meeting the 20 working day deadline (number of requests received in brackets), the list of departments is as follows:

Department of Health 99% (417)
Attorney General’s Office 98% (42)
Department of Culture Media and Sport 96% (195)
Northern Ireland Office 95% (61)
Department of Work and Pensions 93% (763)
Scotland Office 91% (54)
Home Office 90% (786)
Department for International Development 89% (122)
Department for Transport 88% (710)
HM Treasury 86% (480)
Communities and Local Government 85% (221)
Department for Education 84% (245)
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs 83% (150)
Wales Office 79% (47)
Department of Energy and Climate Change 77% (115)
Ministry of Defence 76% (830)
Ministry of Justice 75% (901)
Department for Business Innovation and Skills 74% (256)
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 70% (344)
Export Credit Guarantee Department 69% (36)
Cabinet Office 48% (349)

A number of departments that were on the ICO’s first list of bodies monitored between 1 October and 31 December 2010, have improved their performance. These include the Department for Work and Pensions, Home Office and Scotland Office. One of the ICO’s criteria for selecting bodies for monitoring is that “less than 85% of requests are receiving a response within the appropriate timescales”.

The statistics can be downloaded as a pdf, or in Excel or CSV format.

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