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Freedom of Information Act 2000

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Access to information held by public authorities

    1. Right to information

      1. 1.General right of access to information held by public authorities

      2. 2.Effect of the exemptions in Part II

      3. 3.Public authorities

      4. 4.Amendment of Schedule 1

      5. 5.Further power to designate public authorities

      6. 6.Publicly-owned companies

      7. 7.Public authorities to which Act has limited application

      8. 8.Request for information

      9. 9.Fees

      10. 10.Time for compliance with request

      11. 11.Means by which communication to be made

      12. 12.Exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

      13. 13.Fees for disclosure where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit

      14. 14.Vexatious or repeated requests

      15. 15.Special provisions relating to public records transferred to Public Record Office, etc

      16. 16.Duty to provide advice and assistance

    2. Refusal of request

      1. 17.Refusal of request

    3. The Information Commissioner and the Information Tribunal

      1. 18.The Information Commissioner and the Information Tribunal

    4. Publication schemes

      1. 19.Publication schemes

      2. 20.Model publication schemes

  3. Part II Exempt information

    1. 21.Information accessible to applicant by other means

    2. 22.Information intended for future publication

    3. 23.Information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters

    4. 24.National security

    5. 25.Certificates under ss. 23 and 24: supplementary provisions

    6. 26.Defence

    7. 27.International relations

    8. 28.Relations within the United Kingdom

    9. 29.The economy

    10. 30.Investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities

    11. 31.Law enforcement

    12. 32.Court records, etc

    13. 33.Audit functions

    14. 34.Parliamentary privilege

    15. 35.Formulation of government policy, etc

    16. 36.Prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs

    17. 37.Communications with Her Majesty, etc. and honours

    18. 38.Health and safety

    19. 39.Environmental information

    20. 40.Personal information

    21. 41.Information provided in confidence

    22. 42.Legal professional privilege

    23. 43.Commercial interests

    24. 44.Prohibitions on disclosure

  4. Part III General functions of Secretary of State, Lord Chancellor and Information Commissioner

    1. 45.Issue of code of practice by Secretary of State

    2. 46.Issue of code of practice by Lord Chancellor

    3. 47.General functions of Commissioner

    4. 48.Recommendations as to good practice

    5. 49.Reports to be laid before Parliament

  5. Part IV Enforcement

    1. 50.Application for decision by Commissioner

    2. 51.Information notices

    3. 52.Enforcement notices

    4. 53.Exception from duty to comply with decision notice or enforcement notice

    5. 54.Failure to comply with notice

    6. 55.Powers of entry and inspection

    7. 56.No action against public authority

  6. Part V Appeals

    1. 57.Appeal against notices served under Part IV

    2. 58.Determination of appeals

    3. 59.Appeals from decision of Tribunal

    4. 60.Appeals against national security certificate

    5. 61.Appeal proceedings

  7. Part VI Historical records and records in Public Record Office or Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

    1. 62.Interpretation of Part VI

    2. 63.Removal of exemptions: historical records generally

    3. 64.Removal of exemptions: historical records in public record offices

    4. 65.Decisions as to refusal of discretionary disclosure of historical records

    5. 66.Decisions relating to certain transferred public records

    6. 67.Amendments of public records legislation

  8. Part VII Amendments of Data Protection Act 1998

    1. Amendments relating to personal information held by public authorities

      1. 68.Extension of meaning of “data”

      2. 69.Right of access to unstructured personal data held by public authorities

      3. 70.Exemptions applicable to certain manual data held by public authorities

      4. 71.Particulars registrable under Part III of Data Protection Act 1998

      5. 72.Availability under Act disregarded for purpose of exemption

    2. Other amendments

      1. 73.Further amendments of Data Protection Act 1998

  9. Part VIII Miscellaneous and supplemental

    1. 74.Power to make provision relating to environmental information

    2. 75.Power to amend or repeal enactments prohibiting disclosure of information

    3. 76.Disclosure of information between Commissioner and ombudsmen

    4. 77.Offence of altering etc. records with intent to prevent disclosure

    5. 78.Saving for existing powers

    6. 79.Defamation

    7. 80.Scotland

    8. 81.Application to government departments, etc

    9. 82.Orders and regulations

    10. 83.Meaning of “Welsh public authority”

    11. 84.Interpretation

    12. 85.Expenses

    13. 86.Repeals

    14. 87.Commencement

    15. 88.Short title and extent

  10. Schedules:

    1. Schedule 1

      Public authorities.

      1. Part I General.

      2. Part II Local government.

      3. Part III The National Health Service.

      4. Part IV Maintained schools and other educational institutions.

      5. Part V Police.

      6. Part VI Other public bodies and offices: general.

      7. Part VII Other public bodies and offices: Northern Ireland.

    2. Schedule 2

      The Commissioner and the Tribunal.

      1. Part I Provision consequential on s. 18(1) and (2).

      2. Part II Amendments relating to extension of functions of Commissioner and Tribunal.

    3. Schedule 3

      Powers of entry and inspection.

    4. Schedule 4

      Appeal proceedings: amendments of Schedule 6 to Data Protection Act 1998.

    5. Schedule 5

      Amendments of public records legislation.

      1. Part I Amendments of Public Records Act 1958.

      2. Part II Amendment of Public Records Act (Northern Ireland) 1923.

    6. Schedule 6

      Further amendments of Data Protection Act 1998.

    7. Schedule 7

      Disclosure of information by ombudsmen.

    8. Schedule 8

      Repeals.

      1. Part I Repeal coming into force on passing of Act.

      2. Part II Repeals coming into force in accordance with section 87(2).

      3. Part III Repeals coming into force in accordance with section 87(3).

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