I have recently sent out a dozen FOI requests to various police forces seeking to find out certain information that is recorded on a computer program used nationally by all forces. Early days yet, but several have already replied saying that they hold the information but it's retrieval would exceed the time limit before payment is required and have refused to provide the information. That is as expected, being one of the two default police replies to any FOI request out of the ordinary. However, one major force has answered the three questions immediately. Given that it's most unlikely that they exceeded the time limits out of the kindness of their collective heart, I am interested in opinions as to whether the fact that this one force has found it possible to answer the questions asked would be persuasive upon the other forces. Informed opinions, and intelligent guesses, will be welcomed.
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