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Statistics on the Code on Access to Information

  The Government received a total of 426 requests for information under the Code on Access to Information in the second quarter of 2008, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (October 6).

    The total number of requests received since the introduction of the Code in March 1995 amounted to 25,068. Of these, 22,442 requests (90%) were met, either in full (21,939 requests) or in part (503 requests). Only 514 requests (2%) were refused, while 1,191 requests (5%) were subsequently withdrawn. The bureaux/departments concerned did not hold the requested information in respect of 869 requests (3%).

    As at June 30, 2008, 52 requests were still being processed by bureaux and departments.

    Any member of the public who is dissatisfied with the response of a bureau/department under the Code may request that the matter be reviewed. He/she may also lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman.

    In the second quarter of 2008, the Ombudsman received six complaints relating to the Code. One case was subsequently withdrawn by the complainant, one has been settled by offering assistance and clarification to the complainant while the other four are being investigated by the Ombudsman.

    "The statistics show that Government bureaux and departments have been complying with the Code to the general satisfaction of members of the public," said the spokesman.

Ends/Monday, October 6, 2008