Ministry of Justice

Freedom of Information Act 2000: designation of additional public authorities

Status: Closed - with response

Open date: 25 October 2007

Close date: 01 February 2008

Responses published: 16 July 2009

The aim of the consultation document is to seek views as to whether the Government should look to use the powers under Section 5 of the Freedom of Information Act and extend the coverage of the Act and if so, which organisations it should consider.

Consultation paper


A total of 136 responses were received. The government response proposes an initial, focused section 5 order to be accompanied by action outside the Act to promote proactive publication and openness.

The response also makes clear the government's intention to consider whether section 5 or primary legislation are options to include Network Rail and utility companies within the FOIA regime. The current list of persons proposed in this first section 5 order are; Academy schools, Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Financial Ombudsman Service and UCAS.

These bodies will be consulted directly, and the government aims to bring forward a section 5 order early in the 2009/2010 parliamentary session.