“Business as Usual” Requests

Departments should deal with simple requests for information, (regardless of reference to FOI legislation and without detriment to the applicant), by responding promptly and directly with the requested information.

Requests received by departments which fall outwith this definition and where the requested information is likely to be withheld or an exemption applied (with the exception of s.17 where the information is not held and s.25 where the information is already otherwise accessible) should be referred straight to the DP & FOI Office.