Cost of Diesel Misfuelling FOI Requests

David Coveney made this Freedom of Information request to Staffordshire Police

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Dear Sir/Madam,

It has come to my attention that many people are using FOI requests for commercial reasons as a way of carrying out market research for their companies. One such example would appear to be in the request of information on diesel misfuelling across over 800 public bodies. This is just one notable example, of which there appear to be many.

I am carrying out a little bit of research myself, for no profit of my own but which I will report on my personal blog, to see if the FOI system should be adjusted.

Consequently, I would like to know approximately how much it cost to serve the request made by Mr Nick Panchaud ( Ref 2246/10 ) on the 15th of September 2010.

I will make this request across three councils and take the average cost as being indicative.

Yours faithfully,

David Coveney

Staffordshire Police

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Dear David

Reference No: 2410/11

Thank you for your request which will be dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your request will now be considered and you will receive a response within
the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject
to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party. In some circumstances Staffordshire Police may be unable to achieve
this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Regards
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Steven W. Clark
Freedom of Information Officer
Staffordshire Police
Ext 2411. Direct Dial: 01785 232411

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Dear Sir/Madam,

It has come to my attention that many people are using FOI requests
for commercial reasons as a way of carrying out market research for
their companies. One such example would appear to be in the request
of information on diesel misfuelling across over 800 public bodies.
This is just one notable example, of which there appear to be many.

I am carrying out a little bit of research myself, for no profit of
my own but which I will report on my personal blog, to see if the
FOI system should be adjusted.

Consequently, I would like to know approximately how much it cost
to serve the request made by Mr Nick Panchaud ( Ref 2246/10 ) on
the 15th of September 2010.

I will make this request across three councils and take the average
cost as being indicative.

Yours faithfully,

David Coveney

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Dear Staffordshire Police,

Thank you for your rapid response - just to mention that I meant to say I'd be making the request across three public bodies, not councils. Was having a tired moment.

Yours faithfully,

David Coveney

Staffordshire Police

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Dear David

Please find attached below my response to your recent FoI request.

Regards
========================================================
Steven W. Clark
Freedom of Information Officer
Staffordshire Police
Ext 2411. Direct Dial: 01785 232411

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