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What is the Legal Framework for a Publication
Publication Schemes are a novel feature of the United Kingdom's
legislation on access to information held by public authorities.
Their purpose is to be a means by which a public authority can make
a significant amount of information available routinely, without
waiting for someone to request it.
Section 19(2) of the Act sets out the requirements for a
publication scheme as follows:
A publication scheme must:
Section 19(3) states that "in adopting or reviewing a
publication scheme, a public authority shall have regard to the
public interest in allowing public access to information held by
the authority and in the publication of reasons for decisions made
by the public authority".
Section 19(1) provides that it shall be the duty of every public
authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme, to publish
information in accordance with its scheme and, from time to time,
to review its publication scheme.