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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) grants a right of access to information held by public authorities.
See initially Practice Note: Who is subject to the freedom of information regime, which explores the obligations of public authorities to comply with freedom of information requests and explains the definition of ‘public authorities’ for the purpose of the FIA 2000.
Under FIA 2000, any person making a valid request for information to a public authority is entitled:
to be informed in writing by the public authority whether it holds the information requested, and
if that is the case, to have that information communicated to them
Public authorities have a corresponding duty to confirm or deny in writing whether such information is held and if it is, to communicate that information to the applicant, subject to certain exemptions.
The FIA 2000 regime applies to 'public authorities', a term which is defined by FIA 2000 to include any body which, any other pers
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