Revenue received from film and television productions

FOI request reference: F0044956
Publication date: March 2016

Request:

Dear National Archives

Under the Freedom of Information Act, for the years 2006 to 2015 inclusive, would you please fully disclose the following details, breaking the figures by year:

  1. How much revenue has been received by your organisation for services rendered to film and television productions? This could include location rental, permits and all other services related to film productions using your personnel or resources.
  1. Please outline the type of work or service rendered, in each case and disclose the revenue received for each type of service.
  1. How much has your organisation spent on facilitating such arrangements between 2006 to 2015, inclusive, broken down by year?

Yours faithfully

Outcome:

Partially successful

Response:

Thank you for your enquiry of 19 February 2016, in which you asked for information about revenue received by The National Archives for services rendered to film and television productions.

Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that The National Archives holds information relevant to part 1of your request. We are pleased to be able to provide this information to you. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with the rest of the information you have requested, because it is not held. The National Archives does not record this information. Where possible we have provided additional information which we hope will be useful to you.

Please see below for answers to your questions in numerical order:

  1. Please see the table below which shows the total revenue received by our organisation from services rendered to film and television productions between 2006 to 2015, broken down by financial year.
Year £
2005/2006 10,125
2006/2007 11,270
2007/2008 13,925
2008/2009 20,983
2009/2010 13,083
2010/2011 21,175
2011/2012 17,598
2012/2013 30,175
2013/2014 22,275
2014/2015 30,935
  1. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with a breakdown of the revenue received from the type of work or service rendered, as The National Archives does not record this information and therefore is not held by our organisation.

Below we have outlined the type of work carried out at The National Archives in relation to film and television productions.

For each piece of filming The National Archives facilitates, the Media team provides administration and logistical work. They log the request and deal with all communication with the production company, making all the logistical arrangements for the filming including dealing with any specific requests the production company may have and working with Finance colleagues to issue the invoice.  They will act as a liaison between the production company and all members of staff and Departments who may either contribute or be affected by the filming, ensuring that any documents required are ready to be filmed and in the correct location. While the production team are in the building a member of the Media team will escort them around and will stay with them during filming to ensure procedures are followed and the documents are handled correctly.

  1. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide you with a breakdown of the amount of money spent to facilitate filming, as The National Archives does not record this information and therefore is not held by our organisation. However, we can provide the following information relevant to your request.

The National Archives does not keep a breakdown of the amount of money spent to facilitate filming. The person with primary responsibility for facilitating this work is the Media Assistant. This responsibility accounts for approximately 10% of this role; however, this work is also undertaken by other members of the team.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request or the decision which has been reached, you have the right to ask for an internal review.  Internal review requests must be submitted within two months of the date of this response and should be addressed to:

Quality Manager
Public Services Development Unit
The National Archives
Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 4DU

complaints@nationalarchives.gov.uk

Please mark your complaint clearly.  You have the right to ask the Information Commissioner (ICO) to investigate any aspect of your complaint.  However, please note that the ICO is likely to expect internal complaints procedures to have been exhausted before beginning his investigation.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Assessor
Freedom of Information Centre
Transfer and Access Department
The National Archives