September 2013

Request:

Number of FOI requests

1. Could you please provide the total number of foia requests you have received and the number of requests you have applied the cost limit to for the last five years.

2. Provide evidence that you are complying with section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000


 

Outcome:

Unsuccessful/Information held elsewhere

Response:

The FOI Act 2000 gives you the right to know whether we hold the information you require and, if so, to be provided with that information.

In relation to question 1, this information is regularly published by the Ministry of Justice and readily available on the gov.uk website. For ease of access we have provided you with the following link to this information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice/series/government-foi-statistics

This information is therefore exempt under section 21 of the FOI Act 2000 - information accessible via other means.

Part 2 of your enquiry cannot be considered to be an FOI request as defined in the legislation.

In the simplest sense, an FOI request is a request for recorded information. Your question asked The National Archives to provide evidence that you are complying with section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This information cannot be encapsulated within, for example, a tangible or defined document (or documents) -  as the request asks essentially for an opinion or a judgement, we are not obliged to respond under FOI legislation.