WhatDoTheyKnow.com Tags

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Tags are used by WhatDoTheyKnow to place public authorities in groups so that lists can be generated. Many of the tags represent types of public authorities on the side menu [1].


  • http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/list/tagname
  • http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/local/tagname

Geographic tags


Country tags indicate both where a body covers and what FOI regime it is subject to.

Regions in England

Only use where the public authority covers the whole region e.g. North West Regional Development Agency.

London Boroughs

  1. City of London
  2. City of Westminster
  3. Kensington_and Chelsea*
  4. Hammersmith and Fulham
  5. Wandsworth
  6. Lambeth
  7. Southwark
  8. Tower Hamlets
  9. Hackney
  10. Islington
  11. Camden
  12. Brent
  13. Ealing
  14. Hounslow
  15. Richmond Upon Thames
  16. Kingston Upon Thames*
  17. Merton
City of LondonCity of WestminsterKensington and ChelseaHammersmith and FulhamWandsworthLambethSouthwarkTower HamletsHackneyIslingtonCamdenBrentEalingHounslowRichmond upon ThamesKingston upon ThamesMertonSuttonCroydonBromleyLewishamGreenwichBexleyHaveringBarking and DagenhamRedbridgeNewhamWaltham ForestHaringeyEnfieldBarnetHarrowHillingdonLondon-boroughs.svg
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  1. Sutton
  2. Croydon
  3. Bromley
  4. Lewisham
  5. Greenwich
  6. Bexley
  7. Havering
  8. Barking and Dagenham
  9. Redbridge
  10. Newham
  11. Waltham Forest
  12. Haringey
  13. Enfield
  14. Barnet
  15. Harrow
  16. Hillingdon
† not a London borough
* Royal Borough




Advisory NDPB

All advisory NDPBs should be tagged advisory_committee even if they have not got "Advisory Committee" in their name because they are called "Advisory Council" or "Advisory Panel" or something else.


for public authorities that are companies, this can be useful to know as companies are legally required to create and keep board minutes and minutes of general meetings.

The Companies Act 2006 defines various terms relating to companies. We represent them as:

  • company for "companies" as defined by the Act
  • plc for public companies
  • limited for private limited companies

Joint Committees

Municipal bodies

Non-departmental public bodies (NDPB)

When it comes to Central Government there are the ministerial departments and the non-ministerial departments and then there are the others.


  • academies Academy schools (typically we will list the schools rather than the trust to help our users)
  • academy_trust Academy Trusts - Intended to be added on request or for major multi-academy trusts.

Urban development and regeneration

Scottish Private Prison Contractors

scottish_prison_contractor Contractors who run privately-managed prisons in Scotland. See: http://www.gov.scot/About/Information/FOI/Coverage

Not subject to FOI

  • foi_no not subject (may or may not comply voluntarily)
  • not_apply FOI doesn't apply to this body) Used for example on bodies which used to be subject to FOI. Prevents requests being made to the body. Prompts note: "Freedom of Information law does not apply to this authority, so you cannot make a request to it. "

reason(s) for including body:

  • eir_only likely to be subject to the Environmental Information Regulations but unlikely to comply voluntarily with FOI


Full list of WDTK tags

  • To help with debugging - here's the full list of tags on WhatDoTheyKnow:
WhatDoTheyKnow.com Tags/Full List

Foreign keys

Some tags are used to hold keys from other databases to make cross-referencing easier.

  • ch:* - Bodies that appear on the Register of Companies. '*' is replaced by the company number, which is eight characters long and consists of optional upper-case letters followed by digits.
  • coins:* Bodies appearing in COINS database followed by reference code e.g. coins:BRL048 (British Library)
  • dpr:* - Bodies that appear on the Register of Data Controllers. '*' is replaced by the registration number.
  • urn:* - Bodies that appear on EduBase. '*' is replaced by the institution's Unique Reference Number.
  • VAT:* - Bodies with a VAT (UK Value Added Tax) registration number. '*' is replaced by the VAT registration number (no spaces) e.g. VAT:895108987
  • charity:* - Bodies that are registered charities in England/Wales or Scotland. '*' is replaced by the charity number, which will begin SC in Scotland.