UK Liberty

It’s only money

Posted in freedom of information by ukliberty on April 8, 2007

Suppose your manager asked you for the costs of commissioning a report or survey, and you replied that you didn’t have that information.

Do you think he’d be pleased that you couldn’t tell him how much of the company’s money you had spent?

The journalist Heather Brooke recently requested information from the Department for Constitutional Affairs relating to the costs of the survey that Frontier Economics did on the costs of complying with the Freedom of Information Act.

The response:

I refer to your emails of 8 March and 3 April requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act. You asked for “the detailed costs, both monetary and in terms of staff man-hours of

a. the survey commissioned by Frontier Economics
b. the drafting of the Regulations
c. the drafting and running of the public consultation
d. the drafting of new guidance related to the Regulations
e. the drafting of the supplementary paper to consult on the principle of amending the 2004 Regulations
f. the running of the consultation on the supplementary paper consultation.

I am writing to advise you that the information you requested was not recorded, therefore not held by the department.

Evidence, if you needed it, that

We the people of the United Kingdom, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this blank cheque.

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