The FCO is responsible for the conduct of business with other governments and international organisations; for the protection of British citizens abroad; and for the promotion of British commercial and other interests across the world. It does this through a network of over 224 Posts worldwide.
The FCO also sponsors nine Non-Departmental Public Bodies (NDPBs) that operate independently of government but for which FCO Ministers are ultimately responsible. For further information, please see the relevant class of information within the Publication Scheme. NDPBs are responsible for producing their own Publication Schemes. Those who are obliged to follow the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information and report to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman) had to have their schemes available by 30th November 2002, while others must be ready by February 2004. Included in the class of information is the expected start date of each scheme.
Purpose and aims of the FCO
The purpose of the FCO is to work for the United Kingdom's interests in a safe, just and prosperous world.
What is a Publication Scheme?
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the FCO, like all other public bodies, must adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme, giving details of what information is already made available by the FCO, what other information may be made available in the future, and how to identify and ask for further information you may want. The Scheme and the information included within it were made available from 30 November 2002.
The FCO's Publication Scheme has been approved by the Information Commissioner. It will be regularly updated and its content monitored to make sure it is accurate. Paper copies are available by contacting:
Open Government Section
Records and Historical Department
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Old Admiralty Building
London SW1A 2PA
Tel: 020 7008 1224
What's in the Publication Scheme and how can I get hold of material?
How do I request information not included in the Publication Scheme?
How can I make a complaint?
Who is responsible for the Publication Scheme and how is it reviewed?
Details of other useful information...
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