National Statistics

Freedom of Information statistics: annual 2016

This page gives annual Freedom of Information statistics for central government bodies for 2016.


Freedom of Information statistics: October to December 2016 and annual tables

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Freedom of Information statistics: January 2010 to December 2016 dataset


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI Act) and the associated Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs) came fully into force on 1 January 2005.

This bulletin presents FOI statistics within central government monitored bodies for the annual period of 2016.

Statistics standards and policies

Cabinet Office official statistics are governed by the standards set out by the UK Statistics Authority in their code of practice. These can be found on our statistics standards and policies page.

Further detail on the production of the FOI statistics can be found on our FOI statistics supporting documents page.

Freedom of Information statistics were assessed against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics during 2016 by the UKSA. An assessment report was published in July 2016. The authority judged that FOI statistics may continue to be designated as National Statistics, subject to implementation of the requirements listed in the assessment report by March 2017.

We have published a development plan outlining specific actions we have taken and plan to take to ensure the increased trustworthiness, quality and public value of FOI statistics.

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Published 20 April 2017