Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Mother uses FoI to do Year 9 homework for her son

Might this be a candidate for the best/funniest Freedom of Information request ever? Or perhaps a candidate for why Tony Blair regretted the introduction of FoI?
Dear Home Office,

my son is in year 9 at school and he has been given homework to find out the top 10 uk crime, we can't find any information and was wondering if you would be able to help us. his homework needs to be handed in on the 4th january. thankyou for taking time to read this.

Yours faithfully,

mrs wright
You'll be glad to hear that the Home Office, presumably not being busy over those few days between Christmas and New year, replied promptly to meet the deadline (click image).

Reference: T23100/10 31 December 2010

Dear Ms Wright,

Thank you for your e-mail enquiry of 29 December about the top 10 UK crimes.

I am sorry but we are unable to provide the exact information you require. However, data on the number of offences committed 2009/10 is available in table 6.01 on the Home Office website at:

I hope you find this helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Lucy Dee
I do believe that is either worrying evidence the Home Office doesn't know what's happening on the streets or more likely a polite way of saying "bugger off and do the counting yourself you lazy sods".

The question I have, and I'm sure you're all wondering too, is this. Did he get the homework in on time and what grade did young Master Wright actually get for it?

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