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Clearing the backlog

Martin Rosenbaum | 16:22 UK time, Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Doubtless a lot of people will sympathise with this comment about delays at the Information Commissioner's Office from Paul Francis (the political editor of the Kent Messenger Group and a journalist with many good FOI stories to his name).

The ICO now says that for the past few months it has been closing more cases than it has been opening and so it is reducing its backlog of cases, which currently stands at about 700. However at the rate things are going at the moment it is still going to be a matter of years before the backlog is cleared.

More detail should emerge in the next fortnight or so with the Commissioner's next report to the House of Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee.

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