Publication scheme

What information UKEF publishes under the Freedom of Information Act and where to find it.

UK Export Finance’s publication scheme is designed to meet the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Under the FOIA, we are required to adopt a publication scheme which explains what information is routinely made available, where and when that information is available and whether there will be a charge for providing the information.

Most of the information covered by our publication scheme is available on this website. If you need information in an alternative format, we will do all we reasonably can to help.

Available information is grouped under 7 classes of information.

Who we are and what we do

Our mission is to ensure that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance, while operating at no net cost to the taxpayer.

We are the UK’s export credit agency and a government department, working alongside the Department for International Trade as an integral part of its strategy and operations.

You can find out about our ministerial team, management board and executive committee. We also have a non-departmental government body, the Export Guarantees Advisory Council.

What we spend and how we spend it

We publish our financial reports, pay and grading structure and details of contracts awarded and their values.

In the annual report we also publish information about export contracts we have supported, except when:

  • disclosure may adversely impact the commercial relationship between the exporter and its buyer;
  • the buyer and/or borrower object to disclosure;
  • our commercial position (and that of the taxpayer) as the insurer or guarantor could be prejudiced.

We do not publish details of applications received. But in situations where we consider the export and/or project falls into category A, as defined by the OECD Recommendation on Common Approaches on the Environment and Officially Supported Export Credits, certain details about the application (and the related project for which the export contract is destined) are published in the Category A project list before we decide whether or not we will give our support.

You can also see details of the expenses incurred by our ministers and invoices over £25,000.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

We publish a list of current priorities.

You can also read our business plan and annual report.

Our policies and procedures – current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities

You can read our anti-bribery and corruption review.

Other classes

We also publish information in our publications library which may relate to the following:

  • lists and registers – information held in registers required by law, and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority
  • the services we offer – advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases

We will treat all requests for information on a fair and equal basis, and without prejudice. Where we are unable to provide the information you request, we will explain why. Where we decide not to release the information you request, we will explain why and give you details of how you can appeal against our decision.

Requests for other types of information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Enviromental Information Regulations (EIRs) gives you the right to request general information held by us. Find out how to make a request.

Vexatious requests or requests involving expenditure of resources or costs in excess of the prescribed limit (currently £600) may be refused.

Charges for information

We will not normally charge a fee to supply copies of information or advice unless the request is for a priced publication or data set. However, we reserve the right to make a reasonable charge to cover transcription, photocopying, packaging and postage. In some cases, different fees apply for the supply of information for commercial use. We will inform you of any charges that might apply before processing your request.