The retention of records
FOI only helps you get access to information which a public authority actually has. If the information has been mislaid, destroyed, burnt, lost in the post or inadvertently placed in a skip and taken for landfill - or if, for example, the House of Commons has shredded old expense claims from MPs - FOI can't recreate the information and give it to you.
If you have views on the retention policies for government records, or other aspects of records management, now is the time to express them. The National Archives has today launched a consultation exercise on a revised version of the code of practice on records management.