Anyone can request public information held by the Senate in any format or on any media, always within the limits established by the Regulation on access to public information from the Senate, passed by the Senate Bureau on 2 December 2014.
- Public access to the parliamentary information held by the Senate can only be restricted in the circumstances contained in the Senate Regulation and in the regulations and resolutions of its bodies.
- The right to access information about the activity of the Senate subject to Administrative law may be restricted when it involves criminal investigations, privacy of people or on any of the grounds mentioned in article 14.1 of the Transparency, Access to Public Information and Good Governance Act.
You may request information by any means which provides proof of your identity, including details of the information requested and a contact address for sending the response, which should preferably be an email address.
You need not justify your request, but this information could be important when preparing the response.
Requests to the Senate can be made in any of the official languages of the Autonomous Regions (including Castilian).
You can request the information by telephone, by email or by post. There is an information request form available you can use to submit your request. You will receive your response at the contact address you provided for sending the response, which should preferably be an email address.
You can also check on the status of your request or withdraw it electronically on the webpage.
We recommend you visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) section before submitting a request.
In general terms, requests for information are answered within one month calculated from the date when the request is received. It may take a further month to receive an answer if you request copious or complex information.
If you believe that the response to your request for information about the Senate's activity subject to administrative law is unsatisfactory or the established timeframe has expired and you have not received a response, there are two routes of appeal:
- You may petition the Senate Bureau, which is the competent body for deciding in administrative appeals, after an administrative appeal. The appeal will be heard within one month of the date on which the contested decision is communicated or on the day on which administrative silence is deemed to exist.
- Before the Administrative Appeal Chamber of the Supreme Court, by filing an administrative appeal, within two months calculated from the day following the date of notification of the decision or from the day following that on which administrative silence is deemed to exist.
If you believe that the response to your request for information about the Senate's activity subject to administrative law is unsatisfactory or the established timeframe has expired and you have not received a response, you can appeal to the Senate Bureau.
For more information about available appeal procedures, see the Regulation governing the right to access public information of the Senate.