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Freedom of Information Policy

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (The Royal Commission), is committed to openness in its business and undertakes to abide by the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the National Assembly for Wales Code of Practice on Public Access to Information. The Royal Commission will therefore:

  • Provide a general right of access to the recorded information that it holds, subject to the exemptions set down by the Act, and take a positive attitude towards making such information available when assessing any of the exemptions.
  • Provide a prompt and comprehensive response to requests for information, within the terms of the Act and the Code of Practice, as part of its public enquiry service. Subject to the exemptions, it will confirm or deny that it holds the information requested, and if it does hold the information, will give it to the person requesting access to it.
  • Establish a public interest test as defined by the Act, in the case of exemptions that are not absolute, and assess whether public interest in maintaining an exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing information. Furthermore, it will establish a test of substantial harm as set out by the Code of Practice, when applying the public interest test, and only maintain an exemption, or disclose information, when not to do so would result in substantial harm to public interest.
  • Produce, implement, and review regularly a Publication Scheme, as defined by the Act, which is approved by the Information Commissioner. This will specify the classes of information that we publish, or intend to publish; the manner in which such information is, or is intended to be published; and whether the material is, or is intended to be, available free of charge or on payment.

The Royal Commission will not:

  • Alter, deface, block, erase, destroy or conceal any record it holds, once a request for information has been received, with the intention of preventing the disclosure of all or part of the information to which the applicant would have been entitled.
  • Confirm or deny holding information, and/or give access to it, in the case of vexatious requests; repeated requests by the same enquirer for the same or very similar information, without a reasonable length of time between requests; non-payment of any fee stipulated; excessive cost; or where the applicant has not provided sufficient detail to identify the information required.

Mae’r polisi hwn hefyd ar gael yn y Gymraeg | This policy is also available in Welsh.

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