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Statistics on Code on Access to Information for first quarter of 2015

     The Government received a total of 1 241 requests for information under the Code on Access to Information in the first quarter of 2015, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (July 31).

     The total number of requests received since the introduction of the Code in March 1995 and up to the end of March 2015 amounted to 46 149. Of these, 2 666 requests were subsequently withdrawn by the requestors and 2 090 requests covered cases in which the bureaux/departments concerned did not hold the requested information. As at March 31, 2015, 168 requests were still being processed by bureaux/departments.

     Among the 41 225 requests which covered information held by bureaux/departments and to which the bureaux/departments had responded, 40 263 requests (97.7 per cent) were met, either in full (39 395 requests) or in part (868 requests), and 962 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 first quarter of 2015, the Ombudsman received nine complaints relating to requests for information. In this quarter, the Ombudsman completed the investigation of nine complaints. Of these nine completed cases, one was substantiated, two were partially substantiated, one was unsubstantiated, and five were concluded and settled after inquiries by the Ombudsman. As at March 31, 2015, 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/Friday, July 31, 2015
Issued at HKT 17:38