Freedom of Information

The SIA proactively publishes a wide range of information; you may wish to search our website or our publication scheme to find out if the information you require has already been published.

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives you the right to access information held by us, providing that information is not exempt from the Act. If you wish to make an information request you should be as specific as possible about the information sought and it must be in writing. You should also include your name, address and the method by which we should respond (e.g.. post, email etc.) if you have a preference.

How to submit an information request

You can find out more about your rights under the Freedom of Information Act by consulting the Information Commissioner's Office- this link opens in a new window.

Requests for Personal Data

The Data Protection Act 1998 governs the processing of personal data (information relating to living individuals). This legislation makes it possible for you to request access to personal data that we may hold about you. A request for disclosure of such information is called a 'subject access request'.

How to submit an information request

You can find out more about your rights under the Data Protection Act by consulting the Information Commissioner's Office- this link opens in a new window.

Limits of Disclosure

We will disclose information wherever possible. However, in certain limited circumstances and only where there is a legal basis for doing so, exemptions to the general requirement to release information may be applied. Exemptions for withholding information are set out in Part II of the Freedom of Information Act and Part IV of the Data Protection Act. In any case where information is refused, we will specify which exemption is being claimed and why. All requests for information will be carefully considered on their own merits and with close regard to the public interest.