Guidance for Local Authorities and Metropolitan Authorities on National Security considerations when dealing with requests under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations for information held under Major Hazard and Environmental Pollution Prevention Regulations.
This guidance is to assist in identifying what information may have to be withheld on the grounds of National Security, when responding to requests made under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act (FOI Scotland) or Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) and the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations (EIR Scotland).
It was developed following advice from the Center for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and the Chemical and Pipelines Emergency Planning Liaison Group (CAP EPLG), the national policy forum chaired by the Health and Safety Executive that includes representatives of the Local Government Association and emergency planners. Should a public authority receive a request for this information, they should consult the CPNI, or the Ministry of Justice for advice.
The guidance is of particular relevance to information held as a result of Regulatory requirements.