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Departmental Freedom of Information

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence 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. (299139)

The following table shows the number of centrally staffed posts dedicated to the management of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Number of staffed posts

Cost (£000)

2005

12.5

504

2006

13.5

564

2007

13.5

578

2008

12.5

564

2009

12.5

570

In addition, staff in some 50 local FOI focal points spend varying amounts of their time on activities related to the management of FOI requests as part of wider responsibilities. Information on the amount of this effort is not recorded centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

FOI related expenditure is also incurred on a range of other non-staff costs such as IT, publicity and training, but information on this expenditure could be provided only at disproportionate cost.