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Publication scheme introduction
Defra's aim is sustainable development, which means a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come, including:
Defra values openness and we strive to maintain it as one of our core values. We aim to work openly, honestly and with integrity, and to share information with each other and our stakeholders. We are committed to greater openness and to proactively disseminating information as part of our goal of encouraging an informed debate on the areas of public policy for which we are responsible. This is reflected in Defra's Accessibility Commitment
To meet our goal of increased openness and transparency, and to comply with the requirements set out in the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we have designed this publication scheme to facilitate access to an extensive range of information collected, held and used by the Department.
The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 create a right of access to all environmental information, subject to certain limited exceptions. In addition, the Freedom of Information Act (FOI Act) received Royal Assent on 30 November 2000. It creates a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. Defra is a public authority under both regimes and is therefore bound by their provisions. The general right of access was introduced in January 2005.
Defra, along with every other public authority from November 2002, has a legal duty under Section 19 of the FOI Act to:
Our publication scheme specifies:
We shall publish information in accordance with the scheme and shall monitor and review its operation. Please note:
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We have grouped our classes of information under the following broad categories:
Information included in the scheme will generally be made available on the Defra website and the websites of Defra's Executive Agencies. Where publication is available in hard copy form or from a network of contacts within the organisation, users will be clearly guided to the source of the information.
In Defra, the Management Board member who is accessibility champion with overall responsibility for the Department's publication scheme is Donald Macrae, Solicitor and Director General Legal Services.
This Publication Scheme is intended to help you find Defra information easily and quickly and to improve the flow of information into the public domain. We are committed to monitoring, reviewing and updating the scheme, and would welcome any comments or suggestions you may have about improving the Scheme. If you have any comments, write to or email:
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