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Statistics on Code on Access to Information for fourth quarter of 2014

     The Government received a total of 1,004 requests for information under the Code on Access to Information in the fourth quarter of 2014, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (April 27).

     The total number of requests received since the introduction of the Code in March 1995 and up to the end of December 2014 amounted to 44,908. Of these, 2,563 requests were subsequently withdrawn by the requestors and 2,033 requests covered cases in which the bureaux/departments concerned did not hold the requested information. As at December 31, 2014, 103 requests were still being processed by bureaux/departments.

     Among the 40,209 requests which covered information held by bureaux/departments and which the bureaux/departments had responded to, 39,265 requests (97.7 per cent) were met, either in full (38,421 requests) or in part (844 requests), and 944 requests (2.3 per cent) were refused.

     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 or she may also lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman.

     In the fourth quarter of 2014, the Ombudsman received six complaints relating to requests for information. In this quarter, the Ombudsman completed the investigation of 14 complaints. Of these 14 completed cases, one was substantiated, two were unsubstantiated, nine were concluded and settled after inquiries by the Ombudsman and two were withdrawn by the complainants. As at December 31, 2014, the Ombudsman was still investigating eight complaint cases.

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

Ends/Monday, April 27, 2015