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What is Freedom of Information?


The Freedom of Information Act is a law which gives a general right of access for the public to recorded information held by public authorities. It includes information held by the Commission.

What are my rights to information?

Under the Freedom of Information Act you have the right to know whether we hold the information you require and we have a duty to supply that information.

If the information you request includes information about yourself this will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Your right of access to information is subject to a number of exemptions.

Exemptions

The Act recognises that there will be valid reasons why some kinds of information may be withheld, such as if its release would prejudice an investigation or damage commercial interests. In such cases, we may withhold some of the information under the relevant exemption. Some exemptions require the public authority to consider whether it is in the public interest to disclose the information.

We strive to be an open, transparent authority, but in some circumstances we cannot responsibly release requested information. Where we cannot do so we will explain the reason for our decision.

Publication scheme

We required under the Freedom of Information Act to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. Click here to read our publications scheme (PDF).