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Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act gives members of the public a general right of access to information held by public authorities.

The National Assembly for Wales ("the Assembly") is not covered by the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.  However, if a request is made for such information via the access to information advisor we may consider making a disclosure.

Before making an information request please remember that we may already have published what you are looking for. You can use our Publication Scheme to see if the information is already available. This commits the Assembly to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. Our Information Guide (PDF 5,260KB) provides further information on the type of information we publish. 

Our Code of Practice on Public Access to Information sets out how the Assembly will meet its commitment to provide access to information under the Act.  The Code can be accessed from the link provided. Alternatively a hard copy can be obtained by writing to:

The National Assembly for Wales     
Governance and Assurance 
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff                                                                                                                                                                      
CF99 1NA

Our website will list significant disclosures of information made in response to requests for information via
our Disclosure Log.

How to ask for information

You can ask the Assembly for any information it holds and we will tell you whether we have it and send it to you unless we can justify applying an exemption, in which case we will explain why we're using exemptions. 

When making a request remember to include contact details so we can send the information to you. Please add as much detail to the request as possible so we can see exactly what information you need. If we need further details we will contact you.

To request information, you should contact Information-request@assembly.wales or 0300 200 6565. If you are sending a request by post, please use the address listed above. 

Please also be aware of our website privacy policy.

Complaints

If you think that we have misunderstood what you want or have missed something out, please contact the official who dealt with your request and discuss it with them. Most mistakes and misunderstandings are easily cleared up.

If you believe that we have not applied the Code of Practice on Public Access to Information correctly, or not followed the relevant laws, you may request a first stage internal review by the official who dealt with your request. If, after that, you are still not satisfied you may request a second formal review. When dealing with any concerns, we will follow the Assembly Commission Code of Practice on Complaints (which is also available by post).

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner. Normally, however, you should pursue the matter through our internal procedure before you complain to the Information Commissioner. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113 (local rate) or 01625 545 745 

Fax: (01625) 524 510


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