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What is Freedom of Information?

Since 1st January 2005, the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) has provided a general right of access by the public to all types of 'recorded' information held by a Public Authority subject to certain exemptions.

You also have a right to information under the following legislations:-

  • Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) – gives individuals the right of access to recorded environmental information held by the Department subject to certain exceptions.
  • Data Protection Act 1998  (DPA) – gives individuals the right to access their own information held by the Department. This is known as the ‘subject access right’.

To see a copy of the FOIA, EIR or DPA legislation, click the links above or vist the legislation.gov.uk website

Under the FOIA Public Authorities are also obliged to proactively publish information and make it easily accessible to the public. Central to this is the Publication Scheme which lists classes of information the Public Authority makes, or intends to make, routinely available. Further information on our Publication Scheme can be found via the link on the right.

You can get more information on the above from the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) who has responsibility for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the legislation.

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