Access to Information

This page provides information in relation to the National Assembly for Wales’ access to information policy.  We use the term access to information to cover the release of information under the Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

The Data Protection Act provides rights to individuals in respect of their personal data processed by others.

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

View our Disclosure Log

The Environmental Information Regulations provide a public right of access to environmental information held by public authorities.

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

Access to Information Adviser
National Assembly for Wales
Cardiff Bay
Cardiff CF99 1NA

Our Publication Scheme commits the National Assembly for Wales ("the Assembly”) to make information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. Our Information Guide (PDF) provides further info on the type of information we publish.

How to ask for information

You can ask the National Assembly for Wales 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.
To request information, you should contact the Access to Information Adviser at: the above address. Alternatively, you can send a request via an electronic form. Please include the words 'FOI request' in the 'Your Enquiry' section.

Your personal data

When you send us your request, you must provide a name and address for correspondence – these are what the Data Protection Act calls personal data about you. You must also describe the information you want and sometimes this, too, contains personal data about you. We will use your personal data to respond to your request, locate the information you asked for, and to help process any request you make in future.

We will keep personal data about your request on file for twelve months and then dispose of it securely.

Please also be aware of our website privacy policy

What you can do if you don’t receive what you want

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: (01625) 545 745
Fax: (01625) 524 510

 

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