Freedom of Information in the House of Lords

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 people have a right to request access to information held by public authorities. The House of Lords is a public authority under the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations.

The Act upholds information rights by encouraging public authorities like the House of Lords to be open and transparent and proactively publish as much information as possible.

The Act requires the House of Lords to have an approved ‘Publication Scheme’ that sets out information it is committed to routinely and proactively publishing. 

The Request Log, which is part of the Publication Scheme, provides a summary of the requests received by the House of Lords and their outcome.

Before making a Freedom of Information request it is worth checking the Lords Publication Scheme to see if the information has been published already. 

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 provide people with rights to request environmental information held by the House of Lords.