Increase in rejection of FOI requests

The UK government rejects more freedom of information (FOI) requests than it did previously, accordi

The company's analysis of Ministry of Justice figures shows that 22 per cent of FOI requests were refused in the latest three-month period on record.

In 2005, after the Freedom of Information Act was enforced for the full year, 18 per cent requests were refused.

In the period between October 2008 and September 2009, around 6,334 "resolvable" requests for information were refused. Resolvable requests are those for which the data actually exists.

The Cabinet Office tops the list among all departments in refusing requests. It refused over 50 per cent of requests filed in the third quarter of 2009.