Can the Department provide copies of all responses to the consultation concerning young people and the internet (the Byron Review), copies of the Byron Review’s correspondence with Ofcom and any presentations or reports it has delivered to industry or government or regulators?


The Department holds information falling within the description specified in the request.  However, it is estimated that the cost of complying with the request would exceed the appropriate limit which has been specified in regulations, which for central Government is set at £600. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending three-and-a-half working days in determining whether the Department holds the information, and locating, retrieving and extracting the information. Under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the Department is not obliged to comply with your request and will not be processing your request further.

Dr Byron intends to publish summary reports of responses to both her calls for evidence and a list of individuals and groups that have contributed to the review when she publishes her final report towards the end of March. In addition to this, as we understand it, Ofcom is also proposing to publish its response once the report is published.

In accordance with the duty under section 16 of the Act to provide advice and assistance to requesters, if you were to make a new request for a narrower category of information, or to limit the scope of the enquiry to more specific information, it may be that the Department could comply with that request within the appropriate cost limit. However, I should mention that even if the request is narrowed down, it may still not be possible for the Department to release the requested information if it is considered that any of it properly engages one of the exemptions under the Act.