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Useful Organisations and Contacts

Information Commissioner
Provides guidance and information on all aspects of access to information laws, including DPA, FOIA and EIR. It is also the enforcement body and will hear complaints against data controllers and public authorities.
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Info line: 01625 545 700
Fax: 01625 524 51
http://www.ico.gov.uk

Department of Constitutional Affairs
Provides information on all aspects of freedom of information laws, including detailed guidance on the FOIAexemptions.
Selborne House
54 Victoria Street
London SW1E 6QW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44-(0)20 7210 8500
http://www.foi.gov.uk/index.htm

Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Provides advice and guidance on the Environmental Information Regulations.
Environmental Information Unit
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Area 1E
3-8 Whitehall Place
London SW1A 2HH
Email: environmentalinformationunit@defra.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 7270 8885
Fax: 020 7270 8970
http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/opengov/eir/index.htm

Office of Parliamentary Commissioner
Hears complaints against public bodies on the grounds that they have not acted fairly or properly, or have provided a poor service
Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration
Milbank Tower
Milbank
London SW1P 4QP
Complaints Helpline 0845 015 4033
email phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk
http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/index.html

Campaign for Freedom of Information
Campaigning organisation that also provides information and training on all aspects of freedom of information law.
Suite 102, 16 Baldwin Gardens
London EC1N 7KJ
Tel: 0207 831 7477
Fax: 0207 831 7461
http://www.cfoi.org.uk/

Friends of the Earth
Campaigning organisation that provides advice and information (and sometimes legal representation) to those seeking to use the right to know laws, or who want to challenge refusals, with a particular focus on those seeking to access environmental information. The website has extensive resources, including a very detailed Handbook.
26-28 Underwood Street
LONDON N1 7JQ
Email: right2know@foe.co.uk
http://www.righttoknowonline.org
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