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Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into effect on 1 January 2005.
How do I make a request for my personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998?
Are there any copyright issues that I should be aware of?
In summary, the Act:
  • places an obligation on public authorities to adopt and maintain a publication scheme. The term "public authority" has a broad definition and includes central and local government, non-departmental public bodies, the police, the health service, schools, colleges and universities, and the public functions of named private companies.
  • provides a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities and sets out exemptions from that right.
  • places a number of obligations on public authorities about the way in which they provide information. Subject to the exemptions, anyone making a request for information must be informed whether the public authority holds the information and, if so, be supplied with it - generally within 20 working days.
  • creates a duty to provide advice or assistance to anyone seeking information (for example in order to explain what is readily available or to clarify what is wanted).
  • creates the role of the Information Commissioner with responsibility for overseeing the operation of the Act. The Information Commissioner is an independent public official responsible directly to Parliament. As well as approving Publication Schemes and promoting compliance with the Act generally, the Commissioner has powers of enforcement.
The Bank is designated as a public authority and falls within its scope except in respect of certain excluded functions which are specified within the Act as:
  • monetary policy
  • financial operations intended to support financial institutions for the purposes of maintaining stability, and
  • the provision of private banking services and related services.

As from 1 March 2017 the reference to the Bank in the Act includes the Bank in its capacity as the Prudential Regulation Authority.


What are the purpose and aims of the Bank of England?
Founded in 1694, nationalised in 1946 and gaining operational independence in 1997, the Bank of England stands at the centre of the UK's financial system as the central bank of the United Kingdom. The Bank continues to be committed to promoting the public good by maintaining a stable and efficient monetary and financial framework as its contribution to a healthy economy. The Bank is committed to increasing awareness and understanding of its activities and responsibilities, across both general and specialist audiences alike. The Bank of England's website builds upon that open and transparent foundation to provide information accessible to members of the public.



How do I make an information request?
You are welcome to print or download electronic versions of the information proactively made available on the Bank’s website for personal use or for non-commercial purposes.  However, you are also welcome to contact the Bank’s Public Enquiries Group for printed copies of information available on the Bank’s website or if you have any questions about information that is available.
If you would like to make a request for information which you think may be held by the Bank and is not available on the Bank’s website, you must put your request in writing, providing your name and address for replies and describe as clearly as possible the information you are seeking and direct them to:
Information Access Team (TS-Mz)
Bank of England
Threadneedle Street
The Information Access Team aims to answer requests for information within 20 working days of receipt.  If you are not happy with the handling of your request or the Bank’s response, you should write to the Information Access Team Manager at the address provided above.



How do I make a request for my personal information (subject access request) under the Data Protection Act 1998?

The Data Protection Act provides legal rights to individuals (data subjects) in respect of personal data processed about them by others. For data protection issues please contact:
The Information Access Team (TS-Mz)
Bank of England
Threadneedle Street



Are there any copyright issues that I should be aware of?

Unless otherwise stated the copyright and any other rights in the contents of the material available through the Bank's website, including any images and text, are owned by The Governor and Company of the Bank of England. The Bank grants permission to:
  • download, display or print material for personal use or use within an individual organisation and for a non-commercial purpose;
  • create links to these pages;
  • reproduce short extracts provided the source is stated.
Requests for further authorisation regarding proposed usage of the information provided should be addressed to:

Public Enquiries Group (TS-Mz)
Bank of England
Threadneedle Street
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