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

     The Government received a total of 1,436 requests for information under the Code on Access to Information in the second quarter of 2015, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (October 12).

     The total number of requests received since the introduction of the Code in March 1995 and up to the end of June 2015 amounted to 47,574. Of these, 2,783 requests were subsequently withdrawn by the requestors and 2,155 requests covered cases in which the bureaux/departments concerned did not hold the requested information. As at June 30, 2015, 354 requests were still being processed by bureaux/departments.

     Among the 42,282 requests which covered information held by bureaux/departments and which the bureaux/departments had responded to, 41,300 requests (97.7 per cent) were met, either in full (40,409 requests) or in part (891 requests), and 982 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 second quarter of 2015, the Ombudsman received seven complaints relating to requests for information. In this quarter, the Ombudsman concluded three complaints, all of which were settled after inquiries by the Ombudsman. As at June 30, 2015, the Ombudsman was still investigating 12 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, October 12, 2015
Issued at HKT 14:30