Freedom of Information

About the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000Link to an external website (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 1998Link to an external website (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 RegulationsLink to an external website (EIRs) which gives people access to environmental information.  EIRs apply to “environmental information” held by organisations that perform functions of a public nature.

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