Freedom of Information


The Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives the public a right of access to information held by all public authorities in the UK.

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004

The Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) deals with environmental information held by public authorities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The purpose of the Acts is to make public bodies, such as JNCC more transparent and accountable.  The right to information is subject to certain exemptions and exceptions which are considered on a case by case basis with consideration of the public interest test.

Scotland has its own Scottish Environmental Information Regulations and the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. These are regulated by the Scottish Information Commissioner.


Making a request

FOI requests should be in a written format (this includes e-mail, fax etc).

EIR requests can be made in any format.  However, correspondence should be legible, and include a clear description of the information requested.

The name and contact details of the applicant is required.

It is helpful to state whether you would like your reply in electronic or hard copy.



If we estimate that it is likely to take more than 18 working hours to compile the information you require, both the Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Information Regulations permit us to charge you to fulfil your request.

Our rate for this service is £25/hour, as set out in Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.


Who to Contact

John Henson Webb or Wendy Dalton

Monkstone House
City Road, Peterborough
PE1 1JY (Headquarters)

Telephone:+44 (0)1733 562626
Fax +44 (0)1733 555948



Or make a request through our website at:


Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act applies to personal information and ensures that it is handled properly. Personal information is information about you. It can be your name, address or telephone number. Data protection enquiries will be answered within 20 working days.


How the requests are handled

A reply will be sent within 20 working days* from receipt of request.
Where an enquiry is unclear, clarification will be sought.
If more time is needed before a full response can be made, a date for this will be agreed with the correspondent.  It may be helpful to review a selection of our past EIR and FOI requests to see if we have already released the information you require. Here is our request index.


*Under Government guidance 'working days' do not include Bank Holidays in the UK.

UK Bank Holidays for 2019

1 January - Monday - New Year's Day: All

2 January - Tuesday: Scotland

18 March – Monday - St Patrick's Day: Northern Ireland

19 April – Friday - Good Friday: All

22 April – Monday - Easter Monday: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

6 May – Monday - Early May bank holiday: All

27 May – Monday - Spring bank holiday: All

12 July – Friday - Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day): Northern Ireland

5 August – Monday - Summer bank holiday: Scotland

26 August – Monday - Summer bank holiday: England, Wales and Northern Ireland

30 November – Friday - St Andrew’s Day: Scotland

25 December – Wednesday - Christmas Day: All

26 December – Thursday - Boxing Day: All

Any requests for an internal review of an FOI/EIR request will be handled, by the JNCC Head of Communications:

Subsequent appeals should be directed to the Information Commissioner who is the statutory regulator.

A spreadsheet showing JNCC's response times can be found here.