Publication - FOI/EIR release

Number of Freedom Of Information requests rejected on cost grounds: FOI release

Published: 24 Sep 2018

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
24 Sep 2018
Number of Freedom Of Information requests rejected on cost grounds: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/18/02186  
Date received: 15 August 2018
Date responded: 27 August 2018
 
Information requested
 
  1. Total number of FOI requests received by the Scottish Government in each of the last 12 months
  2. For each of these months, the total number of those requests which were rejected on cost grounds or where the requester was instead asked to narrow the scope of their request without a formal rejection
 
Response
 
Please note the below table, detailing the number of FOIs received by Scottish Government in the last 12, full calendar months. This also displays the number of those requests which were exempt under section 12 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland)  Act 2002:

 

 

Number of FOI requests received

Number of which exempt under section 12

August 2017

242

7

September 2017

205

10

October 2017

418

36

November 2017

294

27

December 2017

151

5

January 2018

306

29

February 2018

355

18

March 2018

341

34

April 2018

243

14

May 2018

292

37

June 2018

260

14

July 2018

238

9

 

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the costs of locating, retrieving and providing the information requested would exceed the upper cost limit of £600. This is because we do not necessarily record all instances where “the requestor was asked to narrow the scope of their request without a formal rejection” in our FOI tracker.

We do sometimes contact requestors under our section 15 duty to advise and assist, to notify them that their request would be cost exempt and to advise as to reducing the scope. Some of this information may be recorded, but in order to identify such cases, we would need to check emails and case files relating to every request over the 12 months covered by your request.

Under section 12 of FOISA public authorities are not required to comply with a request for information if the authority estimates that the cost of complying would exceed the upper cost limit, which is currently set at £600 by Regulations made under section 12. You may, however, wish to consider reducing the scope of your request in order that the costs can be brought below £600. In order to bring your request under the upper cost then it may be beneficial to inform us of a particular area you are interested in.

Furthermore you may also find it helpful to look at the Scottish Information Commissioner’s ‘Tips for requesting information under FOI and the EIRs’ on his website at: http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourRights/Tipsforrequesters.aspx.

About FOI
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Contact

Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit 
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000 

The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 
Edinburgh 
EH1 3DG