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Freedom of Information statistics: annual 2017

This page gives Freedom of Information statistics for central government bodies for the year 2017.


Freedom of Information statistics: October to December 2017 and annual tables

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Freedom of Information statistics: January 2010 to December 2017 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 2017.

Statistics standards and policies

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.

All 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.

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Published 26 April 2018
Last updated 1 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. There was an error on Slide 14 of the chart in the 2017 Annual bulletin - 'Most commonly used exemptions'. This has now been corrected.
  2. First published.