Making a Request

A wealth of information about the House of Commons and the House of Lords is already available to the public.

 Information freely available from the website www.parliament.uk includes:

  • information on forthcoming business
  • daily Proceedings recorded in the official report (Hansard), including votes taken in the House
  • public bills in progress
  • committee publications

Publication Scheme

The House of Commons and the House of Lords each have a Publication Scheme which sets out the classes of information that they publish and states how the information is made available.

Information Offices

The House of Commons and the House of Lords each have an Information Office, which serve as a central contact point for queries from the public and the press on the work of each House, including membership, current and future business.

Parliamentary Archives

The Parliamentary Archives provides an archive service for both Houses of Parliament and facilitates public access to records.

Advice and assistance in making Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations requests to the House of Commons or the House of Lords is available from:

The Information Rights and Information Security Service for the House of Commons

The Freedom of Information Officer for the House of Lords

General queries regarding the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations should be directed to the Information Commissioner’s Office www.ico.gov.uk, as the independent authority set up to promote access to official information.

Requests

Before making a request, you may wish to check whether the information you require is already available from one of the sources above.

The House of Commons and the House of Lords are separate public authorities. Requests for access to information should be directed to the relevant House which may hold the requested information.

For requests to the House of Commons please write by email to the The Information Rights and Information Security Service for the House of Commons

For requests to the House of Lords please write by email to the The Freedom of Information Officer for the House of Lords

Copyright

The Act does not transfer copyright on any information supplied in response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Information may be subject to parliamentary copyright or to third party copyright.

Any infringement of copyright is the responsibility of the applicant. You will need to check whether copyright restrictions apply before copying or publishing (including on the Internet) information you receive in response to a Freedom of Information request.

Data Protection Act, 1998

The personal data supply on this form will be held and processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 by the House of Parliament to whom you have directed your request. This information will be processed for the purpose of handling your request for information. For further information about the processing of personal data please see:

Related information

Making a request

Information Commissioner

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK's independent authority set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information. Further information about relevant laws is available on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

 

Relevant legislation

The official, revised edition of relevant legislation can be found in the UK Statute Law Database through the following links             

Records Management