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Dear Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

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

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Mr Overton,
 
Thank you for your FOI request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
 
Can we please check with you that you mean ’23 Jan 2016 and not 23 Jan
2015’ as set out in your request.
 
Please can you tell me for two 5 month periods (23 Jan 2015 - 22 June 2016
and 23 June 2016 - 22 Nov 2016):
 
Once we receive your revised request we will consider it and the
appropriate course of action.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
FOI and DPA Team
 

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Dear Iain Overton,

 

Thank you for your FOI request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
It has been assigned a unique reference number (above) and has been passed
to the relevant section within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to deal
with. They will be in touch with you should your request need
clarification.

 

We received your request on 04 December 2016 and will aim to respond
within 20 working days, following date of receipt.

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI and DPA Team

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 

 

 

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

1 Attachment

Dear Iain Overton,

 

I attach our reply to your FOI request.

 

Your sincerely,

 

FOI-DPA Team

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

 

 

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