Number of FOI requests received since 2013: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02317
Date received: 28 August 2018 
Date responded: 6 September 2018
Information requested

1. You asked for The number of FOI requests received since 2013, broken down by year.
2. The number of FOI requests responded to within 20 working days since 2013, broken down by year.


The Scottish Government does not hold figures for the number of request answered within the 20 working days limit. We record whether cases were answered on time based upon the statutory deadline for that case. This may include EIR requests where the deadline has been extended by up to an additional 20 working days. We have therefore interpreted your request as asking for the number of cases that were answered within the statutory deadline.

At the time of your request, in 2018 the Scottish Government received 2280 requests and responded to 2041 within the statutory deadline. The number of requests received in 2018 includes requests which were received at the time of your request but which would not have reached their deadline to be answered. You may find it helpful to note that the Scottish Government had responded to 93% of requests received on time for the cases which fell to be answered up to the date of your request.

You may also find it helpful to note that the Scottish Government publish monthly performance statistics which are available from

Information prior to 2018 is available from

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you.

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 
The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 
EH1 3

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