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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much (a) has been spent by the Information Commissioner's Office and (b) paid to the Commissioner's counsel in relation to the appeals to the Information Tribunal relating to freedom of information requests made by (i) Campaign Against Arms Trade (EA/2007/40) and (ii) Nicholas Gilby (EA/2007/71/78/79). (202721)

The Information Commissioner is an independent body created by statute with responsibility for handling complaints made to him under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The Commissioner's Office does not maintain separate records of the total internal cost incurred for handling each case where his decision on a complaint is appealed to the Information Tribunal.

The total paid to counsel by the Commissioner for the appeals made by the Campaign against the Arms Trade and by Nicholas Gilby was £12,337.51. Parts of the appeals were heard together as evidence was provided by the same witness. Therefore the amount paid to counsel covered both appeals and was not billed or invoiced separately.