The UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and its component institutions are regarded as public authorities for the purposes of meeting these two pieces of legislation.
The BGS, as part of NERC, is commited to meeting its obligations under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) 2004, both of which came into operation in January 2005.
Under FOI, the BGS will disclose, on request, information it holds about its organisation and operation, although there are a number of exemptions under which disclosure may be denied.
The environmental information that the BGS holds is exempt en bloc from disclosure under FOI, and, instead, is dealt with under EIR. Under EIR we will disclose, on request, environmental information we hold, but again there are a number of exemptions under which disclosure may be denied.
Contact Enquiries for further information, but please note that enquiries under the FOI Act must be made in writing but this is not a requirement for enquiries under EIR: