Freedom of Information
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) gives people the right to request information from public authorities. It is intended to promote a culture of openness and accountability amongst public sector bodies, and therefore facilitate better public understanding as to how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do, and how they spend public money.
The Northern Ireland Prison Service is one of the public bodies covered by the terms of this Act.
The right to request information under this Act is not confined to citizens of the United Kingdom or from those resident in the United Kingdom. Requests can made by individuals of any nationality from anywhere in the world.
The request must be in writing and the request may be made by e-mail, but the authority receiving the request has the right to confirm the address of the applicant. It must also relate to information that we already hold. The Act does not provide for the compilation of information.
Requests must be processed within 20 working days provided that all of the necessary information is submitted by the applicant. Where the receiving authority is in any doubt as to the precise nature of the information requested it is entitled to seek additional information from the applicant. In this event there may be a delay to the process.
Making a request
Applications can be made by any of the following methods:
Send your written request to:Requests for Information Desk,
The Northern Ireland Prison Service,
Upper Newtownards Road,
PLEASE NOTE that the responsibility for the management of prison healthcare transferred to the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust with effect from April 2008. All requests for information relating to prison healthcare should therefore be referred to the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust
- submit an online request
- Freedom of Information Act 2000
- Information Commissioners Office
- The Data Protection Act 1998,
- The Environmental Information Regulations 2004