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Freedom of Information

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th November 2004.

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Photo of Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Geoffrey Clifton-Brown Conservative, Cotswold

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment she has made of the likely costs to her Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Alun Michael Alun Michael Minister of State (Rural Affairs), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has not made an assessment of the likely cost of complying with the Freedom of Information Act during the first quarter of 2005 because it is not possible at this stage to predict with any assurance the volume of requests that the Department is likely to receive. The Department has been working actively to ensure that our staff are aware of the Act's requirements and have the support they need to deal efficiently with any requests they receive.

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