Exempted information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 specifically exempts certain types of information.

Information is exempt if it is, or may prejudice, the following:

  • information accessible to applicant by other means (section 21)
  • information intended for future publication (section 22)
  • information supplied by, or relating to, bodies dealing with security matters (section 23)
  • national security (section 24)
  • certificates under exemption 3 and 4 above (section 25)
  • defence (section 26)
  • international relations (section 27)
  • relations within the United Kingdom (section 28)
  • the economy (section 30)
  • investigations and proceedings conducted by public authorities (section 30)
  • law enforcement (section 31)
  • court records (section 32)
  • audit functions (section 33)
  • parliamentary privilege (section 34)
  • formulation of government policy (section 35)
  • prejudice to effective conduct of public affairs (section 36)
  • communications with Her Majesty and honours (section 37)
  • health and safety (section 38)
  • environmental information (section 39)
  • personal information (section 40)
  • information provided in confidence (section 41)
  • legal professional privilege (section 42)
  • commercial interests (section 43)