HM Treasury spending on EU referendum

James Lawson made this Freedom of Information request to Her Majesty's Treasury

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Dear Her Majesty’s Treasury,

How much are you spending on the EU referendum?

More specifically:

How many FTEs have been working wholly or in part on analysis of the EU in the last year in HM Treasury?

What is the total cost of FTEs working wholly or in part on analysis of the EU in HM Treasury?

How many FTEs are currently working wholly or in part on analysis of the EU in HM Treasury?

What is the average salary cost of these current FTEs in HM Treasury?

What are the supervision ratios of these current FTEs in HM Treasury?

What are the grades of these current FTEs in HM Treasury?

What is the total cost of FTEs working wholly or in part on analysis of the EU in HM Treasury?

How much has been spent so far in FY14/15 and FY15/16 on analysis of the EU in HM Treasury?

How much is projected to be spent for the rest of the financial year on the EU in HM Treasury?

How many FTEs work in HM Treasury overall?

What is the total cost of FTEs working in HM Treasury for FY14/15?

What is the total cost of FTEs working in HM Treasury for FY15/16?

Please can you provide answers to each specific question in written form?

To clarify, analysis of the EU includes writing reports like the recent study "HM Treasury analysis: the long-term economic impact of EU membership and the alternatives".

If possible, please can you also provide the raw data (used to generate answers to the above calculations) in spreadsheet format (personal details anonymised as needed) so that I can double check your calculations, methodology and assumptions?

If you are unable to deliver on an element of this request, please be specific on which element cannot be provided. You cannot reject all questions on the basis of one problematic question.

Yours faithfully,

James Lawson

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Dear Her Majesty’s Treasury,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Her Majesty’s Treasury's handling of my FOI request 'HM Treasury spending on EU referendum'.

Thank you for the response. However, I do not feel you have answered the questions in an adequate manner. In particular, I am completely unsatisfied with your response to, "How many FTEs have been working wholly or in part on analysis of the EU in the last year in HM Treasury?"

You must be able to identify how many FTEs were involved in the production of the analysis.

Whilst many people may have worked on it on an ad-hoc basis, you should still be able to identify easily the FTEs of the core team.

For example, you might reply that the analysis had 3 primary authors, supported by a core team of 12 FTEs, with wider Treasury support. You might also estimate that the wider support involved around 300 FTEs (on an ad-hoc basis only).

A review of your HR and management data should make this easy. Far easier than the calculations in the analysis, like projecting outcomes over a multi-year period.

If a team was formed to produce the analysis, or any existing teams were involved in producing the report, you should be able to count the number of FTEs in those teams.

If you do not have this data in a readily accessible form, you could ask the authors of the report to count their core team.

Even for those supporting it on an ad-hoc basis, you should be able to count the number who contributed. I accept this latter figure may be an estimate, if you are unable to identify what staff work on.

As for my additional questions, you should have salary/cost/grade/supervision data for each FTE involved in the core team. You could also estimate for the wider support.

The numbers would ideally reflect all analysis of the EU, as there may have been wider work than the report shared with the public. At minimum, you should be able to provide numbers for the report (https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...)

Ultimately, asking how many people were involved is a basic question. One which you must have data on, to be able to manage and pay your staff. It is also in the public interest to share this specific information.

I hope you will review this promptly, and respond with an answer to the questions.

Many thanks

James

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