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Iain Overton made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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

Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Overton,
 
Please find the attached acknowledgement letter to your request for
information made on 4 December 2016, about FOI statistics.
 
Kind regards,
Andy
 
Andy Jennings
Information Rights Team
 
[1][email address]
 
 
 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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Information Requests (DEFRA), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Dear Mr Overton,
 
Please find the attached response to your request for information made on
4 December 2016, about FOI statistics.
 
Kind regards,
Andy
 
Andy Jennings
Information Rights Team
 
[1][email address]
 
 
 
 

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

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If you have received it in error you have no authority to use, disclose,
store or copy any of its contents and you should destroy it and inform the
sender.
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known viruses whilst within Defra systems we can accept no responsibility
once it has left our systems.
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