Freedom of information
The Freedom of Information Act gives anybody the right to access information held by public authorities, including central government departments. This means that you can make an information request to us.
Public authorities include central goverment departments like the Home Office, local authorities and councils, GPs and hospitals, schools and other educational establishments, the police service and armed forces, and other public bodies.
Note: the Act covers England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For information on Freedom of Information in Scotland, please see the websites of the Scottish Executive (new window) and the Scottish Information Commissioner (new window).
Explore this section:
Find out how to make a request for information from us
See information we have released in response to previous FOI requests
Details of information we regularly publish and how you can obtain it