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Investigations performance

Cases closed within 4 months – 2008-2010

2008 2009 2010
       
Cases closed without investigation:
4 months or less 121 102 95
More than 4 months 4 15 3
Total cases closed: 125 117 98
       
Cases closed during investigation:
4 months or less 69 78 95
More than 4 months 52 25 14
Total cases closed: 121 103 109
       
Cases closed with decision:
4 months or less 36 53 87
More than 4 months 138 113 162
Total cases closed: 174 166 249

Section 46 of the FOI Act requires that the Commissioner report to the Scottish Parliament on the number of occasions where a decision has not been made within four months. In 2010, 61% of the cases brought to the Commissioner were closed within four months, with 73% closing within 6 months, and 96% of cases being closed within 12 months.

* In 2009, a small number of cases were excluded from this figure, having been set aside pending the outcome of Court Appeals. Cases which have been set aside in similar circumstances are included in the 2010 figure, as a result of a change in reporting practice.

At the end of 2010 there were eight cases under investigation which exceeded the twelve month period. Of these, three had been set aside during the year pending court rulings on related issues, while a further three cases were linked, originating from a single requester and relating to a similar issue.

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