FOI release

Disclosure log data

An information request and disclosure relating to the Department's disclosure log data



  • Date requested: 02 August 2010
  • Publish Date: 04 August 2010
  • Updated: 26 April 2012


Most public bodies list the freedom of information requests on their website with the status of what was released. The department does not supply this data on its website.

Can the department provide a list of all FOI requests it has received since it became law. This should include:

  • date of request
  • date of reply
  • reference number/ID
  • subject/title of the request (each request on the list should include the subject/title of the request)
  • status (whether information was fully released, partially released or withheld).


The department’s disclosure log provides a list anonymised FOI requests which are selective, based on criteria which include the likelihood of wider public interest in the response, where the response is considered to be high profile or of interest to the media, or the information is being made public for the first time.

The department is in the process of relaunching its website under its new name, and publishing the disclosure log, which will include more recent FOI requests and will be available shortly.

We can confirm that the department does hold information relating to the second part of the request, but not in the requested format. To commission a program/report to extract the information relating to almost 3700 FOI requests from our correspondence handling system would exceed the appropriate limit which has been specified in regulations and for central Government is set at £600.

Therefore, the department regrets that it will be unable to provide the information under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act as it is not obliged to comply with the request under circumstances where the cost threshold would be exceeded.

However, the Ministry of Justice does provide a website containing FOI statistics on requests that all departments have considered under the Act (including the outcome, internal reviews and appeals to the Information Commissioners Office), alongside other central government bodies.

Published 4 August 2010