ERG materials – clarification of request
I can confirm that we hold information relevant to your request, but unfortunately, because you were unable to narrow it down, the information is subject to a Refusal Notice under section 12(1) of FOIA. This exemption applies because we estimate that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the appropriate limit as laid down in The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004. For IPSA this amount is £450 or 18 hours.
In calculating whether the appropriate limit has been reached, an organisation can take into account the cost of
Determining whether it holds the information,
Locating the information, or a document which may contain the information,
Retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and
Extracting the information from a document containing it.
The European Research Group has been in existence for 9 years and over that time 64 different MPs have had subscriptions. We estimate to provide information for MPs alone would take a total of 1,825.65 hours or 76 days. This total does not include the time it would take to search for telephone recordings.
As the estimated number of hours exceeds 18, your request is refused.
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- June 9, 2020
- GENERAL EXPENSES ENQUIRY
- Exemptions Applied: