Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Comparison of FOI Requests in the first half of 2006 and 2007

The number of requests in the first half of 2007 is 3544. This is an increase of 15% compared to the first half of 2006. The percentage of full-disclosure responses is higher than that of the firs half of last year (compared with 80% in 2007 and 74% in 2006). However, the percentage of refusals decreases from 27% in 2006 to 16% in 2007, but more refusals fall within the scope of the six stipulated exemptions (17% in 2007 versus only 7% in 2006). It indicates that the quality of requests or the public bodies’ capacity to handle FOI requests is improving.

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