The Freedom of Information Act encourages public authorities to make as much information as possible proactively available to the public. We do this by publishing data so the public can understand who we are, what we spend and what we achieve.
Under the Act, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which contains information we routinely make available, and ensure that information is published in accordance with the scheme. Available information is grouped under the following ‘classes’ of information.
Who we are and what we do
What we spend and how we spend it
What are our priorities and how are we doing
How we make decisions
Other classes: publications
We generally won’t publish information that is:
- Prevented from disclosure by law, or exempt under the Freedom of Information Act, or is otherwise properly considered to be protected from disclosure
- In draft form
- No longer readily available
Requests for information
Charges for information
There is no charge for information that is provided electronically.
If you ask for information available on our website to be provided in paper format it may be necessary to make a charge. Each case is considered separately. For example, if a large amount of photocopying is required, or if the cost of postage of a large volume of paperwork is very high. If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.
Most of the information included in our scheme will be current. However, for certain classes of information, it may be necessary to publish the information retrospectively.
Official requests for information
If you cannot find the information you require after searching the publication scheme and GOV.UK, you may want to submit a request for information.
To do this:
DExEU FOI Team
LG20, 9 Downing Street
Please note we cannot accept FOI requests over the phone. FOI requests from anonymous or pseudonymous requesters, that is people who do not give their names or give false names, may not be accepted.
We aim to provide you with a response within 20 working days.
We welcome your feedback on our progress and your suggestions for data you would like us make available. You can also comment on specific datasets on www.data.gov.uk.