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Statistics on Code on Access to Information for second quarter of 2022
     The Government received a total of 2 838 requests for information under the Code on Access to Information in the second quarter of 2022, a spokesman for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau said today (January 31).

     The total number of requests received since the introduction of the Code in March 1995 and up to the end of June 2022 amounted to 104 850. Of these, 6 095 requests were subsequently withdrawn by the requestors and 5 268 requests covered cases in which the bureaux/departments concerned did not hold the requested information or cannot confirm or deny the existence of information. As at June 30, 2022, 517 requests were still being processed by bureaux/departments.

     Among the 92 970 requests which covered information held by bureaux/departments and which the bureaux/departments had responded to, 90 086 requests (96.9 per cent) were met, either in full (87 595 requests) or in part (2 491 requests), and 2 884 requests (3.1 per cent) were refused.

     Any member of the public who is dissatisfied with the response of a bureau/department under the Code may request that the matter be reviewed. He or she may also lodge a complaint with the Ombudsman.

     In the second quarter of 2022, the Ombudsman received 12 complaints relating to requests for information. In this quarter, the Ombudsman concluded 20 complaints, among which three were substantiated, eight were unsubstantiated, five were concluded by inquiries (including three cases with inadequacies found), and four were assessed and closed. As at June 30, 2022, the Ombudsman's investigations on 11 complaints were ongoing.

     "The Code has provided an effective framework for the public to seek access to information held by the Government," the spokesman said.
Ends/Tuesday, January 31, 2023
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