Freedom of Information

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority Committee written question – answered on 1st February 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester 1st February 2012

To ask the hon. Member for Broxbourne, representing the Speaker's Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, what the average cost to IPSA was of processing a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Charles Walker Charles Walker Conservative, Broxbourne 1st February 2012

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. I have asked IPSA to reply.

Letter from Scott Woolveridge, dated 31 January 2012

In the absence of the Chief Executive of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking about the average cost of processing a Freedom of Information request.

The staff time taken to process a Freedom of Information request is the largest factor in determining the cost. The time taken in each case will depend on the nature of the request, the amount of information requested and whether exemptions will apply. Where a request is particularly complex, it may require the involvement of senior members of staff or the IPSA Board.

We do not record how much time is spent on each Freedom of Information request we receive, and as a consequence an average cost per request is not available.

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