Environmental Information Regulations
What is environmental information?
The definition in the Environmental Information Regulations
(EIRs) is very wide, covering any information relating to air,
water, soil, land, landscape and natural sites; factors affecting
or likely to affect the elements of the environment; measures and
activities affecting or likely to affect them; reports on the
implementation of environmental legislation; and the state of human
health and safety, conditions of human life, cultural sites and
built structures where they are or maybe affected by the
For the definition given in the regulations see the information
provided by the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
How can I make a request for environmental information from the
Fire Service College?
You can make an EIR request in writing (email, fax or letter) or
by phone to:
Post: The FOI Officer, Information Services, The Fire Service
London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos.
Phone: 01608 650831
You will need to provide us with your contact details so that we
can reply to your request. We will confirm that we have received
your request in writing, and if necessary confirm our understanding
of the information that you require.
Will I have to pay?
We will inform you if a fee has to be paid for providing the
information requested, before any work or research is carried out.
Fees can be charged under:
prescribed costs - cover finding, sorting or editing the
material. A standard hourly rate of £25 per person is used to
estimate these. We will always provide information free of charge
where the estimated prescribed cost is less than £600.
or disbursements - covering things like printing, photocopying
or postage. These fees may be charged in all cases, regardless of
whether the fee limit for the prescribed costs is reached. No
charge will be made for disbursements where the cost is below
When will I receive the information?
We must supply you with the information within 20 working days
of the receipt of your request, if possible. If we are unable to
supply the information within this time limit, we will write to you
explaining the reasons for the delay and keep you informed about
the progress of your request.
The EIRs allow some information to be withheld, to protect
various interests. If this is the case with the information you
have requested, we will give you the reasons for refusal in writing
and details of the right to appeal.