Freedom of Information statistics

This collection brings together the government's Freedom of Information statistics.

The Cabinet Office has responsibility for Freedom of Information policy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and publishes information on the handling of requests.


As part of our routine quality assurance processes we have identified a small error in our previously published bulletins. FOI requests that were ‘On hold or lapsed’ at the time of monitoring were also being counted as ‘Still being processed’ in error, affecting approximately 30 requests each quarter.

Affected results are the ‘Still being processed’ and ‘Response not yet provided’ columns in Tables 1 & 5 of the 2017 Q1 and Q2 bulletins, and Tables 2, 6 and 7 of the 2016 Annual bulletin, as well as the columns headed ‘Requests still being processed’ and ‘Initial Outcome Response not yet provided’ in the csv data files from Q4 2015 to Q2 2017.

This has been corrected in the Q3 2017 bulletin and tables, and we will be correcting the previous versions shortly. All previous versions of the data will be available on a ‘previous versions’ page once updated. We apologise for any inconvenience.

National statistics

Freedom of Information statistics are designated National Statistics in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. National Statistics status means that official statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality, and public value.

All official statistics should comply with all aspects of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics. They are awarded National Statistics status following an assessment the UK Statistics Authority’s regulatory arm. The Authority considers whether the statistics meet the highest standards of Code compliance, including the value they add to public decisions and debate.

FOI statistics were most recently assessed by the Authority during 2016, with continuing designation granted in June 2017.

Further information on the production of these statistics can be found on our FOI statistics supporting documents page, and the Cabinet Office standards and policies page.

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  1. Freedom of Information statistics: July to September 2017

    • National Statistics
  2. Freedom of Information statistics: April to June 2017

    • National Statistics
  3. Freedom of Information statistics: January to March 2017

    • National Statistics





2010 to 2012

Published 26 September 2013
Last updated 14 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. July to September 2017 data added.
  2. Q2 2017 statistics added.
  3. Updated information under 'National statistics' sub-heading, linked to new quarterly statistics.
  4. Updated with October to December 2016 and annual data.
  5. Added July to September 2016 data.
  6. Added April to June 2016 data.
  7. Added January to March 2016 data.
  8. Added Q4 2015 to the collection
  9. Added statistics for July to September 2015
  10. Freedom of information statistics: January to March 2015
  11. Freedom of Information statistics for October to December 2014 and annual published.
  12. July to September 2014 statistics added
  13. Freedom of Information statistics - 1 April to 30 June 2014 published
  14. Freedom of Information statistics: April to June 2014 published
  15. Freedom of Information statistics from 1 January to 31 March 2014 published.
  16. Freedom of Information Statistics - October - December 2013 and Annual added.
  17. First published.