Freedom of information
Provide information on request

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 is a tool for obtaining information and evidence relating to the principal laws against public sector antisemitism.

Anyone can request information (recorded in any form) from a public authority.

The authority must state whether or not it holds the information.

If it holds the information, the authority must communicate it to the person requesting it, normally within 20 working days.

If the authority doesn't respond satisfactorily, the requester can demand an internal review and, if necessary, can ask the Information Commissioner to enforce compliance.

There are exemptions, of two kinds:

  • absolute (marked * in the list below, though in some cases the exemption's status depends on circumstances)
  • where the public interest for exclusion outweighs the public interest in disclosure.

The main exemptions relate to:

  • national security*
  • defence
  • international relations
  • the economy
  • investigations and proceedings
  • law enforcement
  • court records*
  • audit functions
  • Parliamentary privilege*
  • formulation of government policy
  • prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs*
  • royal communications and honours*
  • health and safety
  • environmental information
  • personal information
  • information provided in confidence*
  • legal professional privilege
  • commercial interests
  • prohibitions on disclosure*