The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
) no longer holds information pertaining to the cost of collating the response given by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary
of Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the hon. Member for Sheffield Heeley
) on 15 September 2008 (PQ
218988). The guide to Parliamentary work (available on the Cabinet
Office website at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-parliamentary-work and already in the Library of the House
) sets out that Government departments can refuse to answer a question where the cost of responding to that question would be above the disproportionate cost threshold, which is currently set at £850. The FCO has calculated that any answer which involves consulting all Ambassadors and High Commissioners
in our overseas Network would exceed this threshold.