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The Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004

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Estimating the cost of complying with a request – aggregation of related requests

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5.—(1) In circumstances in which this regulation applies, where two or more requests for information to which section 1(1) of the 2000 Act would, apart from the appropriate limit, to any extent apply, are made to a public authority—

(a)by one person, or

(b)by different persons who appear to the public authority to be acting in concert or in pursuance of a campaign,

the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests is to be taken to be the total costs which may be taken into account by the authority, under regulation 4, of complying with all of them.

(2) This regulation applies in circumstances in which–

(a)the two or more requests referred to in paragraph (1) relate, to any extent, to the same or similar information, and

(b)those requests are received by the public authority within any period of sixty consecutive working days.

(3) In this regulation, “working day” means any day other than a Saturday, a Sunday, Christmas Day, Good Friday or a day which is a bank holiday under the Banking and Financial Dealings Act 1971(1) in any part of the United Kingdom.

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