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Legislation in full

The full legislation of the Freedom of Information Act can be read below:

This code of practice, issued under section 45 of the Freedom of Information Act, sets out the practices which public authorities should follow when dealing with requests for information under the Act. It provides clear guidance on providing advice and assistance to applicants, transferring requests to other authorities, consulting third parties, the use of confidentiality clauses in contracts and the provision of internal complaints procedures. The section 45 code of practice was revised and re-issued in November 2004.

This code of practice, issued under section 46 of the Freedom of Information Act, gives guidance on good practice in records management. It applies to all authorities subject to the Act, to the Public Records Act 1958 or to the Public Records Act (Northern Ireland) 1923. It also contains guidance on the review and transfer of public records to an archives office for permanent preservation. The section 46 code of practice was revised and re-issued on 16 July 2009.