University 18 Yrs + | Constitutional Change
New Labour and Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act, 2000 gives a right for the public to access information held by all public bodies, except for a few areas such as the intelligence services.
There are, however, lots of detailed exemptions and public bodies can argue that, on balance, the public interest is against disclosure of information.
There is a right of appeal to an Information Commissioner if public authorities fail to disclose.