The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has 10 staff in its Information Rights Team who are responsible for managing Freedom of Information (FOI) and subject access requests under the FOI and Data Protection Acts respectively. However, a large number of staff in the FCO play a role in answering FOI requests and to find out exactly how many would incur disproportionate cost.
A report prepared for the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) 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 FOI request. Based on this figure, the FCO spent an estimated £334,010 on initial FOI requests in 2005, £261,620 in 2006, £260,604 in 2007, £258,826 in 2008 and £232,410 to end October in 2009.
The report is available on the MoJ website at: