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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many staff in his Department were employed on the management of freedom of information requests submitted to his Department in each year since 2005; and how much his Department spent on the management of such requests in each such year. (299138)

A dedicated team handling freedom of information requests was set up in April 2008. The staffing levels of the team have varied at different times, but have equated to roughly three full-time equivalent members of staff, with low and variable levels of input from colleagues across the wider Department dependent on the subjects.

As the exact numbers and grade structure of the central team has fluctuated, as have the levels of other input required at any given point, it is not possible to provide accurate costs for this period. It is also not possible to provide staffing numbers or costs prior to April 2008 as duties were spread across the entire Department.