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Freedom of Information

Members of the public have a right to request access to information held by public authorities. The House of Commons and the House of Lords are separate public authorities. Requests for access to information should be directed to the relevant House which may hold the requested information.

Freedom of Information and Environmental information Regulations

The Houses of Parliament are public authorities within the definition of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Below are links to assist you in making a new request or accessing information already disclosed

Accessing information

Further information is available to you through the Houses of Parliament publication schemes.

Transparency publications

Certain information is made routinely available and is published for the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Data Protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) sets out rules for processing information and gives certain rights to individuals including the right to access data about themselves

FOI General

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) was introduced to foster a culture of openness in government