Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives a general right of access to all types of "recorded" information held by public authorities. It sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether the public authority holds that information and, subject to exemptions, must be supplied with that information.
Every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, how the information will be made available and the charge, if any, for it.