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Addendum to Review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 Discussion Paper

This addendum to the discussion paper regarding the review of charges under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 clarifies a statement made with regards to charging practices in the United Kingdom. The addendum was issued on 4 November 2011. The HTML and PDF versions of the discussion paper on our website have been updated.

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) (UK) wished to clarify that where the estimated cost of responding to a request for information does not exceed the appropriate limit (£600 for central government and £450 for other authorities), an agency cannot charge for costs incurred in locating, retrieving and extracting information. In such cases, an agency can only charge for the costs of informing the applicant whether it holds the information (including photocopying and postage costs).

Amendment

In Part 5 ('Charging practices of other jurisdictions') under the heading of 'United Kingdom', the word 'also' in the first line of the fourth paragraph is replaced by the word 'only'.

The first line of the fourth paragraph should therefore read as:

"Where the appropriate limit has not been reached, an agency can only charge reasonable fees to contact the applicant and communicate the information (including reproduction and delivery costs)."