How to request information under FOIA/EIR

The FOIA and EIR gives a general right of access to all official information held by public authorities.  We must inform you if the information is held and provide you with that information unless an exemption (FOIA) or an exception (EIR) applies. (Environmental information is any information which relates to the environment e.g. air, water, emissions, noise, waste, landscape, etc.)

List of FOI exemptions (PDF)
For more information on FOI and exemptions please click on the ICO website link below
www.ico.org.uk
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If the information is not available on the website or if the information is on the website but you need it in a different format or language, you will need to make a written request to PBNI. There may be a charge for this.  More information about charges

Legislation
Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)
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Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR)
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To make a request under FOI you can either:

– email foi@pbni.gsi.gov.uk or
– use the form contained in our leaflet Your Right To Know (PDF)

You can send the completed form (or just write to) your local Probation Office (addresses included in the leaflet) or send your request direct to:

Communications Unit
(Compliance Section)
PBNI HQ
80/90 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1LD

Complaints
If you are not satisfied with how your request for information has been handled, you can make a complaint through the PBNI Complaints Procedure (PDF). If you are not happy with the outcome of our internal complaints procedure you can appeal against the decision to the Information Commissioner who will decide if your request has been handled properly.  For more details please go to the Information Commissioner’s website at www.ico.org.ukExternal link opens in new window