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Data sets - requirements and charges

Our requirements

  • to publish any dataset* we hold  that has been requested, and any updated versions we hold, unless we are satisfied that it is not appropriate to do so
  • to publish the dataset, where reasonably practicable, in an electronic form that is capable of reuse 
  • and, if any information in the dataset is a relevant copyright work** and we are the only owner, to make the information available for reuse under a specified licence** 

*The term 'dataset' is defined in section 11(5) of the Freedom of Information Act.

**The terms 'relevant copyright work' and 'specified licence' are defined in section 19(8) of that Act.


Charges may be made for making datasets (or parts of datasets) that are relevant copyright works available for reuse.

These charges will be in accordance with either regulations made under section 11B of the Freedom of Information Act or other enactments. 

If a charge is to be made, confirmation of the payment due will be given before the information is provided. Payment may be requested prior to provision of the information.