Principles of the Advisory Council

Openness and objectivity underpin the Council’s work in considering applications for the retention or closure of records. The Council’s guiding principle is to support information being made public.

That principle will only be set aside when there are clear grounds to do so, based on public or national interest, or sensitivity about personal data. It regularly challenges government departments to provide evidence to justify requests for permission to retain documents or for them to remain closed.

On appointment Advisory Council members agree to observe the seven principles of public life – selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.