Freedom of Information Act 2000
||An Act to make provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities or by persons providing services for them and to amend the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Public Records Act 1958; and for connected purposes.|
||2000 c. 36|
|Territorial extent||England and Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland|
||30 November 2000|
||30 November 2000 (part)
30 January 2001 (part) 
14 May 2001 (part)  
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Text of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c.36) is an
The Act is the responsibility of the
A second freedom of information law is in existence in the UK, the
Around 120,000 requests are made each year.
 Private citizens made 60% of them, with businesses and journalists accounting for 20% and 10% respectively.
 Journalists' requests took up more of officials' time than businesses' and individuals' requests.[
The act implements what was a manifesto commitment of the
The act was preceded by a 1998
A draft Bill was published in May 1999; the Bill was extensively debated in the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and received royal assent in November 2000.