FOI Requests

Date published: 23/09/2021

FOI reference: 21/22 070

Date received: 07/09/2021

Date responded: 21/09/2021

Information requested

I would like to request release of the following information under FOISA.

  • The total number of FOI requests received by the SQA in each month shown below
  • The total number of those FOI requests answered within the statutory time limit of 20 working days

Response

  Total number of FOI requests received by SQA Total number of that month's FOI requests answered withing the statutory time limit of 2 working days
August 2021 21 19
July 2021 4 4
June 2021 26 16
May 2021 11 10
April 2021 5 5
March 2021 10 9
February 2021 10 10
January 2021 16 16
December 2020 11 10
November 2020 15 14
October 2020 20 14
September2020 18 15
August 2020 68 51
July 2020 12 12
June 2020 5 5
May 2020 10 9
April 2020 7 4
March 2020 14 14
Februarty 2020 15 15
January 2020 30 30
December 2019 22 20
November 2019 31 30
October 2019 31 31
September2019 46 43

The information requested is contained with the table above.

We strive to ensure that all requests received are responded to within the statutory timescale of 20 working days. However, there are occasions when this will not be possible, and it will take longer than the 20 working days to respond.

There are periods when both the volume of requests received and their complexity will pose challenges when seeking to respond within the required timescale. For example, if requests are for correspondence from multiple sources over a period of time.

During 2020, both the complexity and number of concurrent requests posed such challenges. Around August in particular, there was an increase in the number of complex requests relating to results and appeals requiring information from multiple sources.