Freedom of Information
About the Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOI Act) gives everyone the right to request information from public authorities. The FOI Act
means that, from 1st January 2005, you can get information to help you to understand better how this
Department works, how we spend public money, and how and why we make our decisions.
You can also get information under:
- The Data Protection Act 1998
(DPA) which, amongst other things, gives individuals access to their own personal information. The
DPA applies to private enterprise as well as public authorities.
- The Environmental Information Regulations
(EIRs) which gives people access to environmental information. EIRs apply
to “environmental information” held by organisations that perform functions of a public nature.
How do I find information?