Cost

Authorities need not comply with a request if the cost of doing so would exceed an ‘appropriate limit’ prescribed by Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 (SI 2004/3244). For HMRC, that limit is £600. For the Adjudicator and the Council on Tribunals the figure is £450 (Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, reg. 3).

In estimating the likely cost of complying with a request for information, an authority may only take into account the costs it reasonably expects to incur in:

(1)determining whether it holds the information requested; and

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