Labour councillor Mary Montague made the comment during a cabinet meeting at the council headquarters in Eastwood.

Councillors were presented with a report which showed that East Renfrewshire Council (ERC) received 1024 requests for information in 2014, an 11 per cent increase on the previous year.

Cllr Montague, who represents Netherlee, Stamperland and Williamwood, was one of several elected members who expressed concern about the amount of time and money the process of responding to FOI requests was costing ERC.

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