Past Freedom of Information requests made to the Ministry of Justice (2009-10)

Judith Townend made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Justice

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The request was refused by Ministry of Justice.

Dear Ministry of Justice,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible.

If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me, preferably electronically, before the twentieth day as I understand that under section 16 of the act, you are required to advise and assist FoI requesters.

I would like to see all past Freedom of Information requests made to the Ministry of Justice.

Your website states: "You can see information that we have released under the Freedom of Information Act, with a short summary of each document and the date it was released. The documents are also available to download in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format."

(Ref: http://www.justice.gov.uk/information/in...)

However, I am aware, via the website WhatDoTheyKnow.com, that other requests have been answered but I cannot see them on your site.

I would like to see a full inventory of the requests made, including those not listed on the WhatDoTheyKnow.com site, in the format detailed below.

Please give me, preferably in an Excel document, not PDF, a list of all FOI requests you have received since January 2009. For each FOI request please list:

Date of request
Date of reply
Reference number/ID
Subject/title of the request [each request on the list should
include the subject/title of the request please]
Status [whether information was fully released, partially released
or withheld]

On 13th August you rejected a request asking for past Freedom of Information details stating that it would take 30.5 hours to process [Ref: http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/pr...

Therefore, I have simplified the task and am only asking for Freedom of Information data relating to 2009/2010, significantly less (eight years less) than requested by Brian Farnet, who asked for all data since the FoI act became law, according to his correspondence with you, published on WhatDoTheyKnow.com.

2. Does the MoJ intend to list the freedom of information requests on its website with the status of what was released in future? If so, when does it expect to start doing this?

If one part of this request can be answered more quickly than others, please send that information first followed by the other data. As stated at the beginning of this request, if you need any explanation of this request please email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been submitted could you please include your responses to those requests.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you, preferably by email, within the 20-working day statutory time period.

Yours faithfully,

Judith Townend

Over, Darren \(ARU\), Ministry of Justice

Freedom of Information Request FOI/67062/10

Data Access & Compliance Unit
Information Directorate
Zone 6 B
Post point 6.25
102 Petty France
London
SW1H 9AJ

T 020 3334 5309
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www.justice.gov.uk

08-SEP-10 Our Ref:FOI/67062/10

Dear Judith Townend,

SUBJECT: Freedom of Information Request

Thank you for your correspondence of September 8, 2010, in which you
asked for information about past Freedom of Information requests made
to the Ministry of Justice (2009-10) under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (FOIA) from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

You will receive a response from us by October 5, 2010. Your request has
been passed to the appropriate business unit within the MoJ, and they
will write to you with their decision by this date.

The FOIA does provide a number of exemptions. A qualified exemption
requires that before relying on it we must consider the public interest
test. If the information you have requested is covered by a qualified
exemption(s) under FOIA, the Department is allowed to take longer than
20 working days to respond. This is because in such circumstances we are
required to consider the public interest issues when deciding whether or
not to disclose the information requested.

If more time is needed to consider the public interest issues under a
qualified exemption(s), we will write to you and inform you of the
revised date you can expect to receive a response to your request.

If you have any queries regarding this request please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please quote ref: FOI/67062/10 in all future correspondence.

Yours sincerely,

Darren Over
(Sent on behalf of Richard Szadura)
Data Access and Compliance Unit

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Dear Ms Townend

Find attached the response to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Kind Regards

<<FOI Case 67062 - Judith Townend.doc>>

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