Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The 411 on UFO FOI Requests


Nazi gold to UFOs - National Archives frees information

Case study: The National Archives invests £150,000 to prepare for FOI requests

By Dan Ilett

Published: Wednesday 14 September 2005


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force on 1 January this year. Under the law, public sector organisations including central government, local councils, emergency services and health authorities are obliged to make most of their information available within 20 working days of receiving a request.

This meant the [U.K. National Archives] needed to have systems that could handle requests for information from the public.


[Dr Chris Owens, head of e-access development services] added: "We were on a very tight timescale - we finished testing in October or November. We had the system in one or two weeks later. We didn't go live until a week before January."

But after the rush to prepare, and although it has seen more requests than any other government department, the NA received fewer enquiries than expected.

"We get enquiries on Nazi gold, and on UFOs but most of the information we're asked for is about family history," he said.


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