Freedom of Information Team
9 Downing Street
Via: What Do They Know
Our ref: DEX000099
16 November 2016
Dear Mr Overton,
Briefings on leaving single market
I refer to your request, where you asked:
Please can you provide me with any briefing papers to Mr Davis MP regarding the benefits
and the pitfal s of leaving the single market.
I must inform you that the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) is unable to comply with
your request. Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act relieves public authorities of the
duty to comply with a request for information if the cost of dealing with it would exceed the
appropriate limit. The appropriate limit has been specified in regulations and for central
Government this is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending
3½ working days in determining whether DExEU holds the information, and locating,
retrieving and extracting it.
The reason that your request exceeds the cost limit is that relevant information could be
contained in very many files. Searching al those that might contain relevant information to
determine whether DExEU holds any information relevant to your request wil exceed the
appropriate limit laid down in the regulations. If you wish, you may refine your request in
order to bring the cost of determining whether DExEU holds relevant information, locating,
retrieving and extracting it, below the appropriate limit.
I must also inform you that if DExEU does hold any information, it may be subject to one or
more of the exemptions contained in the Freedom of Information Act.
If you have any queries about this letter, please contact the FOI team. Please remember to
quote the reference number above in any future communications.
If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request or wish to
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Freedom of Information Team (internal review)
Department for Exiting the European Union
9 Downing Street
You should note that DExEU wil not normal y accept an application for internal review if it is
received more than two months after the date that the reply was issued.
If you are not content with the outcome of your internal review, you may apply directly to the
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Yours faithfully Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.