Preliminary Analysis of Data Relating to the Processing of Freedom of Information Act Requests Received by the UK Ministry of Defence

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Alasdair S. Roberts

University of Massachusetts Amherst - School of Public Policy

Date Written: May 10, 2009

Abstract

This research note provides a preliminary analysis of data relating to the processing of 15,627 Freedom of Information Act requests received by the UK Ministry of Defence between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2008. It includes a description of trends in the volume of requests by applicant type, the categorization and disposition of requests, and time required to respond to requests. The main aim is to provide researchers with an intimation of what might be done with data that is collected within departments' FOIA management systems, and released under FOIA.

Keywords: Freedom of Information, Access to Information, Right to Information, Transparency, Implementation, United Kingdom

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Alasdair S., Preliminary Analysis of Data Relating to the Processing of Freedom of Information Act Requests Received by the UK Ministry of Defence (May 10, 2009). Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 09-27. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1390707 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1390707

Alasdair S. Roberts (Contact Author)

University of Massachusetts Amherst - School of Public Policy ( email )

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Amherst, MA 01003
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