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.
To comply with the Act, this Publication Scheme sets out:
It also explains how you can access unpublished information through the Information Asset Register and gives details of who to contact at the Cabinet Office if you have questions about the FOIA.
Part Two: Freedom of Information Act – background to the FOIA, and the Cabinet Office's obligations under the Act.
Part Three: Information Asset Register – how to access unpublished information through the Information Asset Register.
Part Four: Information published by the Cabinet Office – information the Cabinet Office is committed to making available under this Publication Scheme, including links to this information. The classes of information cover:
Part Five: Complaints and feedback – details of who to contact at the Cabinet Office in connection with the Publication Scheme.
Responses to requests – Cabinet Office responses to popular requests.
To view publication issued by the Cabinet Office, see Publications.