The Prime Minister has confirmed in a written ministerial statement that the policy responsibility for data protection and the sponsorship of the ICO will transfer to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The responsibility was previously held by the Ministry of Justice. This change took effect on 17 September 2015. Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner commented that it made sense for the ICO to be connected to debates around the digital economy for which the Department for Culture Media and Sport has responsibility.
The ICO has itself announced that it is monitoring the Ministry of Justice over the timeliness of their responses to freedom of information requests. This monitoring is in response to delays in responding to requests beyond the 20 working days permitted in a significant number of cases. The ICO has also confirmed that it has removed a number of councils from its formal monitoring programme, although the Metropolitan Police Service continues to be subject to monitoring.