The information requested can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
An assessment of the cost of freedom of information within Government can be found in Frontier Economics 2006 report “Independent Review of the Freedom of Information Act”. A copy of this report is available in the House of Commons Library.
Across the Home Office and its agencies, 10 staff deal exclusively with freedom of information requests, four of whom are employed on a part-time basis. A further 17 staff have managed freedom of information requests as a substantial part of their role. Overall, the equivalent of 19.6 full-time posts manage freedom of information requests.
The information requested has been published in the Ministry of Justice’s annual reports on the operation of the FOI Act in central Government. These can be found at:
for requests received in 2006,
for cases received in 2007.
Information on cases received between January and July 2008 can be found at:
these are also available in the Library.