The Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 came into force in January 2005 and gives any person legal rights of access to information which is held by a public authority. The Ministry of Justice is responsible for freedom of information policy in the UK.
If you are a member of the public seeking guidance on how to submit a freedom of information request please go to the Gov.uk website (see link in right-hand column).
Main features of the legislation:
Supply of information under the Freedom of Information Act does not give the person or organisation the automatic right to reuse the documents in a way which will infringe copyright, for example, by making multiple copies, publishing or issuing to the public. This includes information requested for re-use purposes.