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Departments: Freedom of Information

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the cost to Government Departments involved in the one week monitoring exercise in January 2006 of the time needed to respond to Freedom of Information requests. (121762)

Frontier Economics, using the data collected in the one week monitoring exercise, estimated that the total cost in officials’ time of dealing with FOI requests across central government is £8.6 million.

A detailed breakdown of the total annual cost to central Government of handling FOI requests can be found at annexe 1 of the Frontier Economics report, which is available in the Libraries of the House.