FOI requests

The government is increasingly reluctant to answer Freedom of Information requests, but some departments are more open than others, according to Sweet and Maxwell statistics.

While the Cabinet Office refused more than half of requests in the third quarter 2009, the Ministry of Defence refused only eight per cent in the same period. HM Revenue and Customs and the Office of Fair Trading both refused 45 per cent, the Ministry of Justice refused 44 per cent and HM Treasury 32 per cent of requests.