Publication scheme

The publication scheme specifies the categories of information that the department and its agencies publish and explains how to get that information.

This publication scheme specifies the categories of information that the department and its agencies regularly publish and explains how to get that information.

You can find specific documents for this agency using the publication search.

If the information you want is not routinely published, you can make a request for it.

Who we are and what we do

The information published within this category covers our organisational details, structures, locations and contacts. This includes:

What we spend and how we spend it

In this category, we regularly publish financial information about projected and actual income, expenditure, procurement, contracts and financial audits. This includes:

How we make decisions

In this category, we publish details of our decision-making processes and records of our decisions. These include:

What our priorities are and how we are doing

This category covers our strategies and plans, performance indicators, audits, inspections and reviews, including:

Our policies and procedures

This category covers our protocols, policies and procedures for delivering services and responsibilities, including:

Lists and registers

In this category, we publish details of the department’s public registers, asset registers and disclosure logs, including:

The services we offer

Information about the services we offer, and links to web pages with further details, can be found in the ‘Our activities’ section of the ‘About us’ page.

Written requests

Information not published under this scheme, or not available on the Authority or CCFE website, can be requested in writing.


Requests are dealt with in accordance with the timescales of the FOI Act or other relevant legislation (eg Data Protection Act 1998, Environmental Information Regulations).

Information not made available

There will be occasions when we will not be able to supply all the information requested. These will only be in respect of information specifically exempted under the Freedom of Information Act, in particular when we are constrained by considerations of:

  • national security
  • legal and contractual obligations
  • our duty to keep sensitive information about individuals confidential

We will always make clear on such occasions why information is withheld. Members of the public have the right to appeal to the Information Commissioner against such a decision.

Anything not published under the scheme can be requested under the Freedom of Information Act by writing:

Pre-2008 UKAEA reports

Please note that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) owns most of the pre-2008 UKAEA reports including those that relate to former sites including Dounreay, Harwell, Risley, Windscale and Winfrith.

You can access the NDA’s publication scheme through their website and make a request for information from the NDA by writing to:


Normally material will be made available electronically. Paper copies will be made available on request.


In general, UKAEA does not charge for information provision, but retains the right to charge for written requests in line with the FOI regulations. Where a request for information would be excessively costly to deliver, the UKAEA will endeavour to liaise with the requesting body to determine a less costly solution. This decision will be reviewed on the same timeframe as the review of the publication scheme.

Further information

More information about the Freedom of Information Act is available on the Information Commissioner’s website at