FOI in parliament: 4-11 July 2005

Written Answers – Trade and Industry: Export Control and Non-Proliferation Directorate (11 Jul 2005)
James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire, Con) Hansard source
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will place in the Library a copy of the Report by ASE Consulting into privatising the Export Control and Non-Proliferation Directorate; and if he will make a statement.

Malcolm Wicks (Minister of State (Energy), Department of Trade and Industry) Hansard source
I have placed in the Libraries of the House copy of the Report recently released under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A few extracts have been withheld under Section 43 of the Act.

Written Answers – Constitutional Affairs: Freedom of Information Act (5 Jul 2005)
Norman Baker (Lewes, LDem) Hansard source
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to review the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Bridget Prentice (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs) Hansard source
The Freedom of Information Act has only been in operation for six months and represents a new way of working for public authorities. Already there is evidence of the beginnings of the long-term culture change that the Act was designed to drive forward. The Government will monitor the Act’s progress on an on-going basis and take action as necessary.

Written Answers – Deputy Prime Minister: Freedom of Information (5 Jul 2005)
Caroline Spelman (Meriden, Con) Hansard source
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many freedom of information requests his Department has received since the introduction of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and how many have been refused.

Jim Fitzpatrick (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) Hansard source
I refer the hon. Member to the Department for Constitutional Affairs’ publication “Freedom of Information Act 2000-Statistics on Implementation in Central Government Q1: January-March 2005”, which was published, and copies of which were placed in the Libraries of both Houses, on 23 June 2005. The information requested can be found in table 3 of the Report.

DCA will be publishing figures for Government Departments’ performance under Freedom of Information, including volumes of requests handled by Departments and outcomes of requests, on an ongoing quarterly basis.

Written Answers – Northern Ireland: Freedom of Information (4 Jul 2005)
Nigel Dodds (Belfast North, DU) Hansard source
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to each of the Northern Ireland Government Departments since the introduction of the legislation.

Angela Smith (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office) Hansard source
The following table sets out the number of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 made to each of the Northern Ireland Departments between the 1 January 2005 and 17 June 2005.
Department Number of requests
Agriculture and Rural Development 134
Culture, Arts and Leisure (82)535
Education 70
Employment and Learning 50
Enterprise, Trade and Investment 33
Finance and Personnel 202
Health, Social Services and Public Safety 63
Environment 393
Regional Development 179
Social Development 82
Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister 47
Total (83)1,788

(82) Figure includes requests made to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.

(83) A further 98 requests for information were received by Northern Ireland Office (NIO) during the same period.

Debates – Community Hospitals (New Forest) (4 Jul 2005)
Julian Lewis (New Forest East, Con) Hansard source
The hon. Lady is absolutely right, and I thank her for her contribution. A great deal of secrecy is involved in this process, and I give notice now that I intend to apply, under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, for as many documents as I can obtain from the PCT, in order to determine its real strategy with regard to closing beds. It has become blindingly obvious that the intention all along has been to close these hospitals and to remove a whole layer of care.

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