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What you can request

You may request any information held by or on behalf of the DfT and recorded in any form. This includes paper records (including hand written notes), information held on computers, other electronically held information (audio and video recordings), plans, maps, and photographs.

You are entitled to the information contained in documents, not to the documents themselves. However, where appropriate and convenient we may choose to provide a copy of the document rather than extracting the information from it.

If you request is wholly or partly for "environmental information " we are required to treat that part of your request as a request under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 ("the EIRs").

If your request is wholly or partly for personal information about yourself that is held by DfT, we are required to treat that part of your request as a "subject access request" under the Data Protection Act 1998.

Environmental Information

Environmental Information means any information in written, aural, electronic or other material form on:

a) the state of the elements of the environment, such as air and atmosphere, water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites including wetlands, coastal and marine areas, biological diversity and its components, including genetically modified organisms, and the interaction among these elements

b) factors, such as substances, energy, noise, radiation or waste, including radioactive waste, emissions, discharges and other releases into the environment, affecting or likely to affect the elements of the environment referred to in (a)

c) measures (including administrative measures), such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements, and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to in (a) and (b) as well as measures or activities designed to protect those elements

d) reports on the implementation of environmental legislation

e) cost-benefit and other economic analyses and assumptions used within the framework of the measures and activities referred to in (c) and

f) the state of human health and safety, including the contamination of the food chain, where relevant, conditions of human life, cultural sites and built structures inasmuch as they are or may be affected by the state of the elements of the environment referred to in (a) or, through those elements, by any of the matters referred to in (b) and (c).