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95. The policy of charging marginal cost for the bulk of government information is relatively new, and originated in the Government's 'Cross Cutting Review of the Knowledge Economy' (2000). The rationale for a policy change was that:

'The current policy of average cost pricing creates a significant barrier to the re-use of information because it requires parts of government, where this is not core business, to make assessments and attributions of relevant costs and negotiate individual contracts in an area in which many departments and agencies are ill-placed to operate. Marginal cost pricing would remove this burden from both the department concerned and the private sector.'

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