Freedom of information statistical information

FOI request reference: F0044923
Publication date: March 2016


Dear Sir or Madam,

I have some questions about Freedom of Information request.

  1. For central government departments like The National Archives, the cost limit is set at 600. What is the cost limit for other institutions, not central government. Is it regulates by the FOI Act?
  1. What is the statistics of refusals to answer in TNA? I mean the average statistics, percentage per month or year.
  1. Is the service FOI request labor intensive practices for TNA?
  1. The last question concerns project Is this project implemented at the request or order from outside or created on its own initiative The National Archives ?




Thank you for your enquiry of 18th February.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to your request and we are pleased to be able to provide this information to you.

  1. The cost limit for FOI requests is not dictated by The National Archives. More information can be found in section 3 of the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Regulations 2004.

  1. Information about FOI statistics regarding The National Archives are published quarterly by the Ministry of Justice, and can be found at the following link:

  1. This question asks for opinion, whereas an FOI request should be a request for recorded; information. The following link from our website gives more information regarding the handling of FOI requests at The National Archives, including how long requests take.

This may be of some assistance to you.

  1. enables The National Archives to fulfil statutory and service obligations to publish new legislation as originally enacted and made and, for primary legislation, in a revised form showing changes to the legislation over time.

More information about the implementation of is available on our website:

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or the decision which has been reached, you have the right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of this response and should be addressed to:

Quality Manager
Public Services Development Unit
The National Archives

Please mark your complaint clearly.  You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to investigate any aspect of your complaint.  However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning his investigation.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Assessor
Freedom of Information Centre
Transfer and Access Department
The National Archives