The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) requires all public authorities to publish and maintain a Publication Scheme, which is a means of providing access to information an authority proactively publishes. The Met Office Publication Scheme adopts the model publication scheme approved by the Information Commissioner's Office.
This publication scheme commits the Met Office to making information available to the public as part of its normal business activities. The information is organised into the following classes of information:
The classes of information will not generally include:
Where possible, information will be provided on this web site. Where it is impracticable to make information available on this web site a public authority will indicate how information can be obtained by other means and provide it by those means.
Hard copies of information can be provided, if requested in writing by contacting the Met Office
The purpose of this scheme is to make the maximum amount of information readily available at minimum inconvenience and cost to the public. Charges made by the authority for routinely published material will be justified and transparent, and kept to a minimum.
Charges will be made for information provided under this scheme where indicated, such as for some commercial products and services. Further information regarding charges is contained in the Met Office's Pricing Policy.
Charges may also be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:
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.
Information held, but not published under this scheme can be requested in writing by contacting the Met Office. Its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the FOIA or EIR. Requests under the EIR may be submitted in writing or verbally.
Last updated: 6 March 2014