Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Public bodies must not wriggle out of FoI obligations - Howarth

Commenting on today’s statement on Freedom of Information by Jack Straw, Liberal Democrat Justice Spokesperson, David Howarth said:

"It is difficult to see how we can be in an era of free information when over one in three requests is not fully resolved and one in five is point-blank refused.

"There are also genuine concerns over the creeping use of fees and exemptions as public bodies seek to wriggle away from their obligations.

"Lord Falconer’s attempts to curb freedom of information on grounds of costs were rebuffed last year. They must remain rebuffed."
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