Foi Denials

Iain Overton made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Exiting the European Union

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The request was refused by Department for Exiting the European Union.

Dear Department for Exiting the European Union,

Based on personal experiences, I am concerned that in a post-Brexit Britain there has been an unannounced and deliberate attempt to prevent open access to government information, as laid out in the Freedom of Information Act.

To this end, I would like to ask the following:

Please can you tell me between 23 June 2016 (or the data that your department was created) - 22 Nov 2016:

1. How many Freedom of Information requests your department recieved.
2. How many of these FOI requests were responded to with a formed answer (this does not includ confirmation of reciept answers).
3. How many of these answered FOI responses gave details as requested.
4. How many of these answered FOI responses were refused (for whatever reason - cost, outside the scope of FOI etc. etc.)

If, give the time constraints of FOI you still have time left on the clock, so to speak, can I also ask if you have recieved any internal messaging relating to anything that might be considered a 'go slow' approach to FOIs, or any other memos that would suggest that there has been orders not to answer questions relating to Brexit issues.

Thank you very much for this. Please treat the main 4 questions as the priority in this request.

Yours faithfully,

Iain Overton

DEXEU Freedom of Information Team Mailbox, Department for Exiting the European Union

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Dear Mr Overton,
Thank you for your request made under the Freedom of Information Act, our
reference DEX000133. Please find attached our response.
Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Team

Correspondence Unit

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Jonathan Rush left an annotation ()

Dear Mr Overton

I have also made a request to DEXEU which was refused on the basis of section 22 (future publication). I suspect they must be keeping running totals of the data you mention (since they are planning to release it later on) - so you might want to query why they can't release at least some of that data now (can it really be as administratively difficult/burdensome as they suggest?) and ask for an internal review.

They also haven't answered your fifth question about whether they have been told to "go slow". I'd be very happy for you to cite my experience as evidence of that. I requested an internal review of their refusal on 2.11.2016 but as at the date of this annotation, I haven't had a response. Even if they respond to me this week they will have taken almost twice as long as the 20 working day period that the ICO says should normally be necessary for an internal review. You may be able to find other examples on this site.

I hope this helps.

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Kind regards

Jonathan Rush