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Strategic Investment Board

Freedom of Information Publication Scheme

May 2005

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Classes of Information

Part 1: Introduction

Role of the Body

The Strategic Investment Board (SIB) is an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body, which was set up by the Lord Chancellor on 1 January 2001 to advise on the investment activities of the Public Guardianship Office, the Official Solicitor & Public Trustee and the Court Funds Office.

Freedom of Information Act 2000: Introduction

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 (the Act) received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. It established a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, set out exemptions from that right and placed a number of obligations on public authorities. The Act applies to a large number of public authorities. Since the access rights under the Act came into force you are entitled, on making a request for information (unless the information falls under one of the specific exemptions in the Act):

  1. to be informed in writing by the Department whether it holds information of the description specified in your request, and

  2. if that is the case, to have that information communicated to you.

The Act provides for a time limit for dealing with a request for information - that is, within 20 working days. The Act also provides for an appeal mechanism whereby you may apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision as to whether we dealt with a specified request in accordance with the Act.

We may charge a fee for processing Freedom of Information requests. The fee will be prescribed by secondary legislation.

Full access rights under the Freedom of Information Act came into force on 1 January 2005.

Publication Scheme: Introduction

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 all public authorities are obliged to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme specifying:

The purpose of the Publication Scheme is to ensure that a large amount of information is readily available to members of the public, i.e. without the need for specific consideration under the Freedom of Information Act, and to inform the public of the extent of material that is available.

By readily available, we mean that the information is available on our website or will be supplied immediately on receipt of a letter or telephone call to the Secretary (020 7947 7873) or Assistant Secretary (020 7947 6844).

Part 2 below sets out the classes of information that the Strategic Investment Board publishes or intends to publish

Responsibility for the Publication Scheme

The Secretary, Alan Palmer, has overall responsibility for the Strategic Investment Board Publication Scheme.

The person responsible for maintaining the Publication Scheme on a daily basis is:

Kevin Carlin
Assistant Secretary
Strategic Investment Board
Ground Floor
Court Funds Office
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

Publication Scheme: Contacting the Strategic Investment Board

If you wish to obtain a copy of any of the publications contained within the scheme, please write to the above address or send an Email.

How much do publications cost?

The publications are all free unless otherwise stated.


The Strategic Investment Board retains copyright (and database rights, where applicable) in all the material in this Scheme except where individual material shows otherwise e.g. where it is shown as Crown copyright.

Unless specifically stated otherwise (in which case formal permission is required) material in this Scheme, in which the Strategic Investment Board has copyright or database rights, may be copied and reproduced without formal permission, provided:

  1. it is copied or reproduced accurately and is not used in a misleading context;
  2. where the material is being copied or reproduced for others, the source of the material is identified and the copyright status acknowledged; and
  3. the copying or reproduction is not for financial benefit.

This provision does not give a right to use any of the Strategic Investment Board's trade marks or logos.

Comments and complaints about the Publication Scheme

If you have any comments about our Publication Scheme or if you think we have not supplied information in accordance with our scheme then you should write, in the first instance, to:

Mr Alan Palmer
Strategic Investment Board
7th Floor
Court Funds Office
22 Kingsway
London WC2B 6LE

If, after the investigation of your complaint, you remain dissatisfied then you may ask for the matter to be reviewed internally. If you are still dissatisfied then you may refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner.

We aim to deal with the investigation of complaints within twenty working days and we aim to complete internal reviews also within twenty working days.

Review of the Publication Scheme

We will review our Publication Scheme in June each year.

Part 2: Classes of Information

The publication scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely published by the Strategic Investment Board. It is not a list of the actual publications, since this will change as other things are published but rather it is a description of the classes or types of information published. The classes of information are described in the scheme.

Information that falls into the classes below will be made available free of charge to the public and retained in line with Public Record Office guidance.

Class: Annual Report
Description: Includes terms of reference, list of members and remuneration of the Chairman and Board members
Format available: Hard copy, MS Word file
Internet at:

Class: Board Minutes
Description: Quarterly Board Meetings are held in January, April, July and October each year, usually on the last Monday of the month. Summary Minutes from SIB Board meetings since February 2004 are available on request by writing to the Secretary or Assistant Secretary at the address above or via Email to
Format available: Hard copy, MS Word file

Class: Code of Practice
Description: List of values and standards to be upheld in public life.
Format available: Hard copy, MS Word file
Internet at:

Class: Register of Financial Interests
Description: List of current financial interests of current Board Members, updated on a 6 monthly basis.
Format available: Hard copy, MS Word file
Internet at:

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