FOI and Publication Scheme

Access to information

The following acts of parliament have created access to information regimes which allow members of the public to ask the Department of Finance (DoF) certain types of information:

About this publication scheme

Under section 19(1) of the Freedom of Information Act every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a publication scheme setting out the classes of information it holds, the manner in which it intends to publish the information and whether or not a charge will be made for the information.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up a Model Publication Scheme and a Definition Document for all public sector organisations. The Department has formally adopted the Information Commissioner’s model publication scheme. The scheme is organised into seven classes of information which are set out below. This structure aims to save you time and effort when searching for information.

The scheme is organised into seven classes of information, which are set out below:

Who we are and what we do

Departmental information, locations and contacts

What we spend and how we spend it

Financial information relating to projected and actual income and expenditure, tendering, procurement and contracts.

What our priorities are and how we are doing

Strategy and performance information, plans, assessments, inspections and reviews.

How we make decisions

Policy proposals and decisions. Decision making processes, internal criteria and procedures, consultations.

Our policies and procedures

Current written protocols for delivering our functions and responsibilities.

Lists and registers

Information held in registers required by law and other lists and registers relating to the functions of the Department.

The services we offer

Advice and guidance, booklets and leaflets, transactions and media releases. 

You can browse our website or use our publications search to find any information we have made publicly available.

Publication scheme charges

The Department reserves the right to charge for actual disbursements incurred such as photocopying and/or postage & packaging.

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.

Alternative formats

If the information is not in a format that meets your needs please contact

or by post:

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Finance
2nd Floor
Clare House
303 Airport Road

Crown copyright and licensing

The material on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.

You may use and re-use the information featured on this website (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence with only a few conditions:

Information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Therefore information you receive which is not subject to Crown copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any third party (non-Crown copyright) information.

If you can’t find the information you want

If the information you want is not routinely published, you can make a request for it under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or, for environmental information, the Environmental Information Regulations 2005. Please write to us by email:

or by post:

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Finance
Room 26
Ground Floor
Dundonald House
Upper Newtownards Road
​BT4 3SB

Requests for information must be in writing (via email or post). Please give your name and an email or correspondence address, and describe the information requested in as much detail as possible.

Disclosure log

DoF publishes a disclosure log of responses to Freedom of Information and Environmental Information Regulations requests.

DoF Access to Information Policy

The Department's Access to Information policy

Information Access Requests Privacy Notice

The Department's Information Access Requests Privacy Notice

DoF public information leaflet on The Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Department's public information leaflet on The Freedom of information Act 2000

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