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HM Treasury and Office of Government Commerce Information Charter


This joint information charter sets out the standards that you can expect from HM Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce in regard to our holding of all information (including personal information about individuals); how you can access your own information; and what you can do if you think these standards are not being met.

About information:

In general, government information is managed subject to the provisions of the Official Secrets Act, with separate legislation regulating the holding and use of personal information.

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) provides a statutory framework in relation to management of personal information. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) govern what other information we may release as a result of a request for information. More information about the Freedom of Information Act can be found on our website.

HM Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce are policy departments interfacing with other government departments, and the financial and commercial sectors. We hold a small amount of personal data about members of the public. The majority of the personal information we process is obtained via correspondence received from the public. The Treasury also holds some personal data on a small number of individuals in line with our responsibility for the implementation and administration of international financial sanctions. All personal data is processed in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.  When handling information, including your personal data, we promise to:

In return we ask you to give us accurate information.

More information

You can get more details on:

For more information, please contact: by email or  phone 0207 270 4558 or fax 020 7270 4861 or write to:

Correspondence & Enquiry Unit
Information Rights Unit
HM Treasury
1 Horse Guards Road

Freedom of information index

For independent advice about data protection, privacy and data-sharing issues, you can contact:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Alternatively you can phone 08456 306060 or 01625 545745 or fax 01625 524510.

Information Commissioner's Office (this link will open in a new browser window)

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