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Written Questions: Government Responses

Education written question – answered on 18th January 2011.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley

To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, column 590W, on children in care, what methodology his Department used to determine that certain parts of the question could only be answered at disproportionate cost; what calculations his Department used to make that determination; and what assumptions regarding the (a) number of hours of work and (b) cost per hour required to provide the information underlay those calculations.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The threshold for determining if a PQ request exceeds disproportionate cost is based on the departmental standard of an individual member of staff incurring a cost of £800 to collate the response.

The original PQ (020371) requested information on four separate time-series. Based on our experience of answering similar individual questions, it was estimated that it would take around 6.5 days to extract the latest data and quality assure the answer.

In order to provide some information within the cost threshold, links were provided to previously published information.

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