The terms of reference for 1.3 are:
1.3. Review CRU‟s compliance or otherwise with the University‟s policies and practices regarding requests under the Freedom of Information Act („the FOIA‟) and the Environmental Information Regulations („the EIR‟) for the release of data.
ISSUES ARISING ON Para 1.3 OF THE TERMS OF REFERENCE
8. Response to Freedom of Information requests. A number correspondents and commentators assert that requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) were incorrectly denied by the University of East Anglia on advice from the CRU. This is the subject of a separate inquiry by the Data Protection Commissioner, but does fall within the terms of reference of the Review Team.
QUESTIONS TO ADDRESS
What formal processes were in place both centrally and within the CRU to ensure fair and impartial assessment of FOIA requests?
Were there any processes in place centrally to review recommendations from the CRU that information should not be released?
Over the five years to November 2009:
o how many requests were received?
o how many were rejected, and on what grounds?
o how many received full release of information?
o how many received partial release of information?