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Mr M Bimmler
27 November 2017
Dear Mr Bimmler Freedom of Information request: reference 46032
Thank you for your e-mail of 31 October 2017, in which you ask for any records held on
communications with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) regarding the Home
Office's timeliness in responding to FOI requests and Internal Review requests in 2017.
Your request is being handled as a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
We are considering your request. Although the FOIA carries a presumption in favour of
disclosure, it provides exemptions which may be used to withhold information in specified
circumstances. Some of these exemptions, referred to as ‘qualified’ exemptions, are
subject to a public interest test. This test is used to balance the public interest in
disclosure against the public interest in favour of withholding the information. The FOIA
allows us to exceed the 20 working day response target where we need to consider the
public interest test fully.
The information which you have requested is being considered under the exemption in
section 31(1)(g) by reason of 31(2)(c)
of the FOIA. This is a qualified exemption and to
consider the public interest test fully we need to extend the 20 working day response
period. We now aim to let you have a full response by 28 December 2017.
Information Rights Team
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