Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the House of Lords (the House) has a duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme and to publish information in accordance with that Scheme. The intention of Publication Schemes in general is to encourage public authorities to be proactive about making information available to the public.
Classes of Information
The House’s Publication Scheme is comprised of the following seven classes of information;
1. Who we are and what we do
This class covers organisational information, locations and contacts, constitutional and legal governance.
2. What we spend and how we spend it
This class covers financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.
3. What our priorities are and how we are doing
This class covers strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.
4. How we make decisions
This class covers policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.
5. Our policies and procedures
This class covers current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.
6. Lists and Registers
This class covers information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the authority.
7. The services we offer
This class covers advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. A description of the services offered.
The new model Publication Scheme can also be viewed on the Information Commissioner’s website www.ico.org.uk
A guide to the information available
The majority of the information which the House proactively makes available to the public can be found on the website www.parliament.uk This website constitutes the most up to date guide to the information that the House makes publicly available.
The Publication Scheme will be updated as new information is published.
No charge will be incurred for accessing the majority of the information made available to the public under the Publication Scheme, as this is available on the website www.parliament.uk Where a charge may be incurred, this is indicated in the Publication Scheme.