The Government received 550 requests for information under the Code on Access to Information in the second quarter of 2007, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (August 17
The total number of requests received since the introduction of the code in March, 1995, is 22,847. Of these, 20,431 requests (89%) were met, either in full (19,966 requests) or in part (465 requests). Only 449 requests (2%) were refused. A total of 1,085 requests (5%) were subsequently withdrawn and in respect of 787 requests (3%), the bureaus/departments concerned did not hold the requested information
At June 30, 2007, 52 requests were still being processed by bureaus and departments.
Anyone who is dissatisfied with the response of a bureau/department under the code may request that the matter be reviewed. A complaint can also be lodged with the Ombudsman.
In the second quarter of 2007, the Ombudsman received three complaints relating to the code. One has been settled by offering assistance and clarification to the complainant, while the remaining two are being considered by the Ombudsman.
"The statistics show that government bureaus and departments have been complying with the code to the general satisfaction of the public," the spokesman said.
Ends/Friday, August 17, 2007