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The Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000.

A copy of the Act  is available from the HMSO website A copy of the explanatory notes published with the Act is also available on their site. 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides clear statutory rights for those requesting information together with a strong enforcement regime. Under the terms of the Act, any member of the public will be able to apply for access to information held by bodies across the public sector.

The legislation will apply to a wide range of public authorities, including Parliament, Government Departments and local authorities, health trusts, doctors' surgeries, publicly funded museums and thousands of other organisations.

The main features of the Act are:

Website of the Office of The Information Commissoner



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