• Impact date: September 2012

The draft legislation will repeal and replace the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 (FOI Acts). The remit of the proposed new Act will extend to all public bodies.

The First Schedule of the new Act provides a general definition of a “public body”, which aims to include all public bodies. This definition will replace the restrictive approach of the previous FOI Acts, which contains a long schedule of specific bodies which are subject to freedom of information obligations.