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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000) grants a right of access to information held by public authorities. Under this right, 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
As a result 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. The regime applies to 'public authorities', a term which is defined by FIA 2000 as any body which, any other person who, or the holder of any office which is:
listed in Schedule 1 to FIA 2000
designated as such by an order of the Secretary of State, or
a publicly owned company
This note shall discuss who is caught by the regime, and for more information on the topic generally see Practice Notes:
Introduction to freedom of information
Compliance with a freedom of information request
Absolute exemptions to a freedom of information request
Qualified exemptions to a freedom of information request
For guidance from the Information Commissioner (ICO) on who is subject to the regime see:
What is the Freedom of Information Act?
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