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Iain Overton made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Dear Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy,

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 for two 5 month periods (23 Jan 2015 - 22 June 2016 and 23 June 2016 - 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

BIS.Correspondence@bis.gsi.gov.uk on behalf of FOI Requests,

BEIS ref: FOI2016/33286

Dear Mr Overton

Thank you for your request for information which was received on 4th
December. Your request has been passed on to the appropriate official at
the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deal
with.

Your request is being considered under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and we will reply at the latest by 4th January.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information
Rights Unit at BEIS. Please remember to quote the reference number above
in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Information Rights Unit

Information Rights Unit | Department for Business, Energy and Industrial
Strategy | 1 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0ET | www.gov.uk/beis |
[email address] |

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Dear Mr Overton

Please see the attached from BEIS to your FOI request - ref FOI2016/33286.

If you have any queries about this email, please contact the Information Rights Unit.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Kind regards,
Information Rights Unit
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1 Victoria Street
London
SW1H 0ET
www.gov.uk/beis

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