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This page provides useful information about access to our information. If you can't find the answer to your query here, or you need help, please contact us.

Availability and formats

The information we publish is, wherever possible, available on this website. We do offer alternative arrangements for anyone who does not want to, or cannot, access our information online or by visiting our office. For example, we can usually send information to you in paper copy (although we may make a charge for the cost of providing it this way - see below).


There is no charge to view information on our website or at our office. We may charge for providing information to you in other ways. We will charge you no more than it actually costs us to do so and we will always tell you what the cost is before we provide the information to you.

Our photocopying charges (per side of A4 paper) are:

  Pence per sheet 

 Black and white copying


 Colour copying



Exempt information

We publish the information we hold that falls within the classes of information (see Guide to Information). If a document contains information that is exempt under FOI law (for example, sensitive personal information or a trade secret), we will remove or "black out" the information before publication and explain why.


Where the Commissioner holds the copyright in information we publish, the information may be copied or reproduced without formal permission, provided that:

  • it is copied or reproduced accurately
  • it is not used in a misleading context, and
  • the source of the material is identified.

If the Commissioner does not hold the copyright in information we publish, we will make this clear.

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