Information Policy & Disclosure
100 Parliament Street
Phone 020 7147 0023
Date 18 November 2011
Our ref 2528/11
________ Your ref
I refer to your recent FOI request of in which you asked for the following information:
HMRC estimates that it would exceed the FOI cost limit to establish whether we hold all of the information within scope of your request. We would first of all have to identify all of the meetings at “Senior Management level” for example, Senior Civil Service level (SCS) over the last few years that were minuted, and then review those minutes to identify any where the specific subject of Racial Equality has been mentioned or discussed. In our view this would exceed the fees limit. The appropriate limit is specified in the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004 and, for central government, is the equivalent of one person spending 3½ working days to identify, locate and extract all of the information requested.
If you are able to narrow the scope of your request, for example by specifying a particular time frame we may be able to deal with your request within the appropriate limit.
If you are not content with this reply you may request a review by either emailing ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, or by writing to the HMRC FOI Team, Room C1/25, 100 Parliament Street, London SW1A 2BQ. You must request a review within two months of the date of this letter. It would assist our review if you set out which aspects of the reply concern you and why you are dissatisfied.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the review procedure provided by HMRC.
He can be contacted at:
The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF, or by e-mail: email@example.com