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Just fifteenth

Martin Rosenbaum | 16:47 UK time, Monday, 6 October 2008

It's now over three years since I complained to the Information Commissioner in September 2005 about the Cabinet Office's refusal to send me the minutes of the Cabinet Meeting during which Michael Heseltine famously resigned back in 1986.

I wondered if perhaps my complaint might be the oldest one still being considered by the Commissioner, but it turns out I can make no such claim to fame. I've just obtained a list from the Information Commissioner's Office of all their cases which date back to 2005 - and my appeal is only the fifteenth oldest.

The ICO is still processing 30 cases dating back to 2005. The oldest two were submitted on 29 April 2005 and concern West Yorkshire and South Yorkshire Police.

Six months ago the ICO had 75 open cases which originated in 2005, so it has cleared 45 of them since then.

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