- be in writing (including e-mails)
- include your name and address, other contact details are optional but may assist us in responding to your request
- describe clearly the information you require
You may specify how you wish to receive the information e.g. you may wish to inspect the records, receive copies or a digest or summary of the information. It is not always possible for us to comply with this (e.g. it may not be possible to supply copies of paper records in electronic form). We will let you know our reasons if we are unable to meet your preferences.
You may find it helpful to use the form included at the end of the document when making a request to the House of Lords.
Where do I send my request?
The House of Lords and the House of Commons are separate public authorities under the Freedom of Information Act. Requests should be addressed to the appropriate House. Addressing requests to 'Parliament' will delay receipt of your request and accordingly, our response.
Requests for the House of Lords should be sent to the House of Lords Information Office, London SW1A 0PW. Please do not send the same request to more than one recipient within the House of Lords.
In common with many organisations, our e-mail addresses receive large quantities of SPAM (i.e. junk mail). Including 'Request for information' in the subject line of your e-mail will assist us in prioritising your request.
Requests should be sent to the House of Lords Information Office at email@example.com. The Information Office will forward requests to the appropriate offices.
If your request relates to the nomination process, including the vetting for propriety of nominations for peerages, you should address your request to the House of Lords Appointments Commission, which is the independent body which responds to these requests:
House of Lords Appointments Commission
35 Great Smith Street
Advice and assistance
Advice and assistance in making FoI requests to the House of Lords is available from the Freedom of Information Officer, Parliamentary Archives, House of Lords. London SW1A 0PW. Telephone 020 7219 0100. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will it take to process my request?
Under the FOI Act, the House of Lords has a duty to reply to your request and to provide the information, unless it is subject to an exemption, within 20 working days. Working days are defined as Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays and other public holidays.
In some cases, where an exemption may apply, the process might take slightly longer. The House will inform you if this is the case.
What is the House of Lords usual procedure for dealing with requests for information it does not hold?
If we have reason to believe that some or all of the information you requested, but which we do not hold, is likely to be held by another public authority we will contact you and inform you that we do not hold the information you are seeking but it may be held by another public authority. We will provide you with contact details for this public authority.
Will I have to pay?
It is possible that some changes may apply e.g. for the provision of more than 50 pages of photocopies. You will be advised in the acknowledgement letter we will send in response to your request.
FOI request log FOI request log
Guidance for Staff