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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the cost to his Department of replying to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) January to July 2008 was. (255680)

A report prepared for the Ministry of Justice by Frontier Economics Ltd., in October 2006, entitled “Independent Review of the impact of the Freedom of Information Act” estimated a figure of £254 for a central Government body to deal with an initial freedom of information request. Based on this figure, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has spent an estimated £805,434 since 2006.

The report is available on the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.foi.gov.uk/reference/foi-independent-review.pdf