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To ask the Secretary of State for Education pursuant to the answer of 15 November 2010, Official Report, columns 590-1W, on children in care, what methodology his Department used to determine that to answer the question would incur disproportionate cost; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the calculations and accompanying background papers in respect of that answer.
The original PQ (20371) 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.
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.