Home Office responds
The Home Office has been in touch with me following the item below. They make the fair point that their poor score on adverse decisions from the Information Commissioner is mainly due to their bad record of excessive delays in the early period of FOI. This is what they say:
"You state that the Home Office has had most complaints upheld against it by the ICO. This is factually correct but actually misleading as we now have a very good record with the ICO on substantive decisions.
"In the early days of FOI we had a number of decisions upholding complaints about delays – 13 in total. These mostly stem from early 2005 when our performance on answering requests on time was poor – it has improved significantly since then. It is also misleading because the ICO no longer issues decision notices in these sorts of cases (section 10 complaints).
"In terms of actual FOI decisions we have made to withhold or release information our record is good – there have been 6 decisions relating to the HO – 5 upheld our decision (1 with an adverse comment about providing advice) and 1 partially upheld our decision (the ICO’s website says the complaint was fully upheld but this is an error)."