Freedom of Information

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) gives you the right to access recorded information held by public sector organisations. Anyone can request information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live. An organisation can refuse your request if the information is sensitive or the costs are too high. As a Limited Company wholly owned by HM Treasury, UKAR is obliged to meet the Freedom of Information Act requirements set out above.

UKAR does not have any employees. Further information about UKAR’s shareholder is available from the UK Government Investments Limited (“UKGI”) website

How to apply for information

UKAR’s Annual Report & Accounts are the principal source for strategic information, policies and procedures, and can be found on our Financial Reports page. It is possible that the information you seek may already be published and, before making a request, you should check whether the information you require is already published.

If you cannot find the information you are looking for, you can submit a request by emailing us at:  Please state Freedom of Information or FOIA as the subject heading as this will ensure that your request is dealt with.

Alternatively, you can submit a request by letter to:

FAO: Freedom of Information Enquiries
UKAR Central Team
Central Square
29 Wellington Street

In making a request you need to:

  • provide your name and address for replies
  • describe as clearly as possible the information you are seeking
  • give a telephone number, in case we need to discuss your request with you

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. The ICO’s website includes more information and guidance about making a request under the Freedom of Information act. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website

How we will handle requests

We will provide advice and assistance wherever that would be helpful.

We will acknowledge receipt of your request.

We have a statutory obligation to reply within 20 working days.

We will tell you whether or not we hold the information requested.

We will provide the information requested unless:

  • the information is otherwise accessible to you, or
  • to extract the information would take more than three and a half working days – the cost limit under section 12 of the Act – or
  • the information is covered by another absolute exemption under the Act – e.g. disclosure would be against the law – or
  • we argue that in all the circumstances it is against the public interest to disclose it.
  • If the last judgment is complex, the Act provides for extra time to be taken and we would notify you if that is needed.

We will keep you notified of progress where appropriate, and justify any refusal to you. Requests for information related to environmental matters is likely to be dealt with under the Environmental Information Regulations; these provide very similar rights. Requests for your own personal data will be dealt with as ‘subject access requests’ under the Data Protection Act.

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