Tuesday 1 March 2016

Westminster rules out FOI fees

The UK Government at Westminster has ruled out imposing fees on Freedom of Information requests. The legislation passed in 2000 occasionally comes in handy for genealogical purposes - for example, FOI requests can be used to secure access to the 1939 National Identity Register in Northern Ireland at no cost. For further details on the story see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35693236.

(Note that this applies to the 2000 Act passed by Westminster, for matters under its competency. A separate FOI (Scotland) Act was also passed in 2002 for issues specifically under the remit of our government here in Holyrood.)


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