Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) gives the public the right of access to information held by public authorities and requires public authorities to make this information available. The intention of the Act is to increase visibility into the work of public bodies, to ensure that policy-making processes are fair, democratic and open.
The FOIA has been introduced in stages, with the final stage coming into force in January 2005.
Certain classes of information, such as information relating to security, are exempt from the Act.