This is an HTML version of an attachment to the Freedom of Information request 'Department for Exiting the EU salaries'.


 
 
 
 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team 
xxx@xxxxx.xxx.xx 
Correspondence Unit 
www.gov.uk 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
 
 
 
Andreas Pavlou 
Via: ​xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx 
 
Our ref: DEX000390 
 
25 April 2017 
 
Dear ​Mr Pavlou, 
 
Staff Costs 
 
I refer to your request, where you asked: 
 
 
"- the total cost of salaries for civil servants working in the department for exiting the 
EU 
 
- the total cost spent hiring external consultants, including lawyers and trade 
specialists, for Brexit related matters" 
 
 
 
Total staff costs for DExEU will be published in the 2016/17 Annual Report and Accounts. 
The information you have requested is therefore exempt under s​ection 22(1) of the Freedom 
of Information Act. Section 22(1) provides that information is exempt if - 
a) The information is held by a public authority with a view to its publication, by the 
authority or any other person, at some future date (whether determined or not). 
b) It is reasonable in all circumstances that the information should be withheld from 
disclosure until the date referred to in paragraph a). 
Section 22 is a qualified exemption and we have considered whether the balance of the 
public interest favours maintaining the exemption in section 22(1) or disclosing the 
information. 
Information supporting release of the information 
There is a public interest in transparency being demonstrated by releasing information to the 
public. We understand that government transparency increases public trust and it is 
beneficial for the public to be kept informed about key matters which affect them. There is 
also public interest in government providing information they hold that falls within the scope 
of an FOI request as quickly as possible to maintain up-to-date knowledge on key issues. 
 


 
Information supporting withholding the information 
Transparency is also achieved by DExEU publishing information on our website. There is 
high public interest in the government achieving maximum cost effectiveness within its 
delivery of public services. Given the necessary preparation and administration involved in 
publishing information, including collation and submission of the information to Ministers, we 
do not deem providing this information in response to an FOI request as the most cost 
effective way of placing this information in the public domain. 
We already intend to release the information, therefore within the public interest test we have 
to consider whether there is greater public interest in releasing the requested information to 
the public at large in an organised and efficient manner (through publishing), or releasing it 
to individuals as it is requested. There is a strong public interest in ensuring that the process 
is conducted effectively, and in a manner which allows the government to simultaneously 
address the need for releasing information alongside their normal departmental work. 
Since the ICO recognises and encourages the organised publication of information, which 
DExEU has every intention of doing, and since there is high public interest in the 
preparations for negotiations being conducted as efficiently as possible without resource 
being diverted to other tasks,​ we have concluded that the public interest in withholding this 
information outweighs the public interest in releasing it with respect to Section 22(1). 
 
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 
request an internal review, you should write to: 
Freedom of Information Team (internal review) 
Department for Exiting the European Union 
9 Downing Street 
SW1A 2AG 
You should note that DExEU will not normally 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 
Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Commissioner cannot make a 
decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by DExEU. The 
Information Commissioner can be contacted at: 
The Information Commissioner’s Office 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF 
Yours faithfully 
 
 
Freedom of Information Team, DExEU.