§ Mr. Ainger
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many requests for environmental information under the Access to Environmental Information Regulations 1992 have been received by his Department; how many were answered within two months; how many were refused; and on what grounds in each case.
§ Mr. MacGregor
[holding answer 6 July 1994]: This Department does not keep central records of the number of individual requests for information it receives. We do, however, look very carefully at every case for refusal.
In the period up to 30 June 1994, the Department gave nine refusals on the grounds of confidentiality of the proceedings of a public authority.