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Freedom of Information
Open Government Code of Practice
Official Secrets Act
Public Records
Local Government
Personal Files & Data Protection
Whistleblowing
Environmental & Safety Information
Medicines Information
Internet & Electronic Information
Miscellaneous
Secrets Newspaper

 

 

- Freedom of Information -

  

Comment on the FoI Act 2000

-> Publication schemes response   80 kb
  The Campaign's response to the Information Commissioner's consultation paper on publication schemes. The FOI Act requires every public authority to produce a publication scheme describing the information it publishes proactively. The response expresses the Campaign's view that the Commissioner should not approve publication schemes unless they make substantial progress in releasing previously unpublished information. October 2001 (18 pages) Price £3.00.
  
-> Government to abandon FOI timetable?   208 kb
  This briefing was prepared following reports in The Guardian that implementation of the FOI Act would be significantly delayed by the Government. It explains the damaging consequences delay would have. November 2001 (8 pages) Price £2.00. (Paper 49).
  
-> Delayed implementation of the FOI Act   232 kb
  This briefing was prepared for peers for a debate in the House of Lords on 5 December 2001 on a motion calling for the right of access to information held by central government to be brought into force earlier than 2005, the date set out in the timetable announced by the Lord Chancellor on 13 November 2001. (12 pages) Price £2.50 (Paper 50).
  
-> Comments on the draft 'good practice' code   268 kb
  The Campaign's response to the draft code of practice to be issued by the Lord Chancellor under section 45 of the FOI Act. The purpose of the code is to provide guidance for public authorities as to "desirable practice" under the Act. One of the Information Commissioner's duties will be to promote compliance with the code. 14 February 2002 (24 pages) Price £4.00.
  
-> Further comments on the draft 'good practice' code   184 kb
  After the Campaign's response to the Lord Chancellor's draft code of practice, a more recent version of the code was published. These further comments address the changes made in the updated version. 11 March 2002 (4 pages) Price £1.00.
  
-> Moving the ministerial mindset
  This article by the Campaign's Director, Maurice Frankel, discusses implementation of the FOI Act. It was featured in the March 2002 edition of Public Service Magazine. Price £0.50 (Paper 55).
  

Comment on the FoI Bill

-> Briefing on the Queen's Speech
  This briefing on the government's revised FOI bill was produced for the debate on the Queen's Speech. 23 November 1999 (9 pages) Price £2.00
  
-> Article for The House Magazine
  This article by the Campaign's Director, Maurice Frankel, argues that the benefits of freedom of information will only come if the government's proposals are significantly improved. It was published in The House Magazine on 6 December 1999. Price £0.50 (Paper 34).
  
-> Briefing for Second Reading Debate on FOI Bill   116 kb
  This briefing for MPs and the media was prepared for the second reading of the Freedom of Information Bill in the House of Commons on 7 December 1999. (29 pages) Price £5.00 (Paper 35).
  
-> Committee stage: collected briefings   688 kb
  The complete set of briefing papers (1-10) on amendments tabled to the FOI Bill during its Commons committee stage in January and February 2000. (240 pages) Price £10.00.
  
-> Its not too late to improve the FOI Bill
  These notes were produced for the report stage debate of the FOI Bill in the House of Commons on the 4 and 5 April 2000 and outline how the Bill should be improved. 3 April 2000 (8 pages) Price £2.00.
  
-> Briefing for the Lords second reading   192 kb
  This briefing was produced for the second reading debate of the FOI Bill in the House of Lords on 20 April 2000 and highlights the main shortcomings of the Bill. (35 pages) Price £5.00 (Paper 37).
  
-> Labour Commitments to Freedom of Information
  A commitment to introduce Freedom of Information legislation has featured in every general election manifesto since 1974. This compilation records those pledges together with extracts from policy documents, details of FOI bills sponsored by Labour MPs and statements from prominent Labour politicians. Includes extracts from speeches and interviews by Tony Blair, Jack Straw, Gordon Brown, Lord Irvine, David Clark, John Prescott, Robin Cook, Peter Mandelson, Chris Smith, Roy Hattersley, Neil Kinnock, John Smith and others. September 2000 (17 pages) Price £5.00.
  
-> Lords committee stage: collected briefings   424 kb
  The complete set of briefing papers (1-5) on amendments tabled to the FOI during its Lords committee stage, which ended on 25 October 2000. Pages 1-5 of briefing paper 1 have a summary of the key issues and priority amendments. (109 pages) Price £8.00.
  
-> Lords report stage briefing   52 kb
  This briefing for the Lords report stage of the FOI Bill explains why the Campaign was deeply disappointed at a deal reached between the Liberal Democrats and the Government, whereby in return for modest concessions the Liberals agreed to support the Government during the remaining stages of the Bill. (10 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 38).
  
-> Lords third reading briefing   76 kb
  Briefing for the third reading of the FOI Bill in the Lords on 22 November 2000. This briefing further explains why the Campaign did not accept the claims made by Liberal Democrat peers about the importance of the concessions they won. (15 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 39).
  

Comment on the draft FoI Bill

-> Guardian articles
  Three articles by the Campaign's Director, Maurice Frankel, which were published in The Guardian. The first, "Abysmal handiwork", was published on 25 May and gives the Campaign's initial reaction to the draft Bill, asking why the government has retreated so far from its own white paper and the objectives for the measure outlined in opposition by Tony Blair. The second article, "Backtrack, Jack. You've got it wrong", comments on Jack Straw's initial appearance before the Public Administration Select Committee. The Home Secretary appeared to make some helpful, but minor, concessions on the contents of some parts of the draft Bill. However, they fall far short of the fundamental revision of the Bill needed to make it acceptable. It was published in The Guardian on 25 June. The third article, "Just a beginning", comments on reported concessions on the draft FoI Bill contained in a leaked Cabinet document. It was published in The Guardian on 11 October. Price £1.00.
  
-> Home Secretary's speech to the Freedom of Information Awards
  The Home Secretary, Jack Straw MP, was guest of honour at the Campaign's Annual FoI Awards held on 7 June. He responded to some of the Campaign's criticisms of the government's draft FoI Bill and answered some questions from the audience. (17 pages) Price £2.50.
  
-> Response to the draft FOI Bill  312 kb 
  The Campaign's response to the draft Freedom of Information Bill was submitted as evidence to the Parliamentary select committee on Public Administration. It expresses concern at the blanket exemptions, at provisions preventing the Information Commissioner ordering disclosure on public interest grounds, the extraordinary provisions allowing authorities to pry into applicants' motives, and restrict what they can do with information released to them, and other matters. There are two submissions dated 22 June and 23 July 1999. (46 pages) Price £5.00.
  

Comment on the FoI White Paper

-> Article on the white paper
  This article welcoming the white paper appeared in The Guardian, 16.12.97. Price £0.50 (Paper 24).
  
-> Conference on the FOI white paper  364 kb 
  Transcript of a conference organised by the Campaign and sponsored by Consumers' Association, UNISON and the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust in February 1998. Speakers: Dr David Clark, then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; Elizabeth France, Data Protection Registrar; Kevin Murphy, Information Commissioner of Ireland; Michael Tankersley, Senior Attorney, Public Citizen Litigation Group; Sheila McKechnie, Director, Consumers' Association; Charles Ramsden, then Head of the FOI Unit in the Cabinet Office; John Wadham, Director, Liberty; Jonathan Baume, General Secretary, Association of First Division Civil Servants; Richard Thomas, Director, Public Policy Group, Clifford Chance; and Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information. Published July 1999 (104 pages) Price £10.00.
  
-> Response to the Government's FOI white paper 224 kb 
  The government's proposals for a Freedom of Information Act were published in a white paper in December 1997, which the Campaign warmly welcomed. The Campaign's detailed assessment is set out in this document. March 1998 (60 pages) Price £5.00.
  
-> Freedom of Information and Universities
  Paper on the implications of freedom of information legislation for universities given at a Conference organised by the Society for Research into Higher Education. June 1998 (6 pages) Price £1.50 (Paper 26).
  
-> Briefing for a House of Commons debate on Freedom of Information
  This briefing was produced for MPs and the media for a debate on Freedom of Information held in the House of Commons on 6 July 1998 and expresses concerns about recent developments. July 1998 (6 pages) Price £1.50.
  
-> 'No more secrets, please'
  This article outlines the Campaign's fears that the government will not introduce a freedom of information bill in the next Parliamentary session and that the white paper proposals will be watered down. It appeared in The Independent on Sunday, 26.7.98, Price £0.50 (Paper 28).
  
-> 'Secrets and lies'
  This article discusses the implications of the government's provisional decision to drop freedom of information from next year's legislative programme, and argues that this will seriously damage its credibility - particularly if it is also proceeding with the Official Secrets Act prosecution of the ex-MI5 man David Shayler. It appeared in The Guardian, 18.8.98, Price £0.50 (Paper 29).
  
-> Delay in introducing FOI legislation
  This November 1998 letter to the Prime Minister from the Campaign and forty-six other organisations expresses our concern at the delay in bringing forward FOI legislation. It asks the Prime Minister to give an explicit commitment that a bill will be introduced in the 1999/2000 parliamentary session. 19.11.98, 4 pages Price £0.50 (Letter 23).
  
-> Briefing on the Macpherson Report and FOI  124 kb 
  This briefing deals with one aspect of the white paper that the Campaign was unhappy about the proposed exclusion of information about the police's law enforcement functions. The MacPherson Inquiry into the investigation of Stephen Lawrence's murder called for the removal of this exclusion but the government rejected this recommendation. This briefing on the issue was produced for a House of Commons debate. March 1999 (12 pages) Price £3.00.
  

Issues papers

-> Consulting about FOI
  Letter to Dr David Clark MP, Proposing that the consultation process leading to the Freedom of Information white paper should be as open as possible and that the views of individual government departments on the proposals should be published. The letter was co-signed by 36 other organisations. 20.6.97, 4 pages Price £1.00 (Letter 19).
  
-> Enforcement of Freedom of Information
  Letter to Dr David Clark MP (then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster) responding to a suggestion that appeals under a Freedom of Information Act should go to a House of Commons select committee. 7.7.97, 3 pages Price £0.50 (Letter 20).
  
-> Publication of papers of previous administrations
  Letter to Jeff Rooker MP, Agriculture Minister, about the availability to ministers and the public of papers from previous administrations. 9.10.97, 5 pages. Price £1.00 (Letter 21)
  
-> FOI: Key Issues  108 kb 
  This paper - published shortly before the white paper - discusses a number of issues, including access to civil service policy advice, a public interest override for exemptions, and charges for information, access to public records and access to information about the security services. December 1997 (30 pages) Price £5.00.
  
-> FOI: Checklist  56 kb 
  This Checklist was published before the white paper appeared, and suggests key points to look for in the government's proposals. December 1997 (10 pages) Price £2.50.
  

Draft Bills

  A Freedom of Information Act for Britain
  A 150 page report containing the Campaign's draft FOI bill, and a detailed commentary explaining and comparing its provisions to those in existing FOI laws overseas. The bill was introduced in the Commons in January 1992 by Archy Kirkwood MP and also formed the basis of the 'Right to Information Bill' introduced by Robin Corbett MP in February 1992 and Mark Fisher's 'Right to Know Bill'. November 1991 Price £12.00.
  
-> Briefing on The Right to Know Bill
  This bill was introduced by Mark Fisher MP and was debated in Parliament on February 19, 1993 - the first full debate on a freedom of information bill since 1981. The bill, drafted by the Campaign, completed its committee stage but was then blocked by the Government at its report stage in July 1993 after a total of 21 hours debate in the Commons and in committee. The briefing includes a detailed summary of the bill and 'Questions & Answers about the Bill'. Price £5.00
  
-> Articles from Secrets on the Right to Know Bill
  These appeared in issue 26 of the Campaign's newsletter.
  
-> A Freedom of Information Bill
  The Campaign's most recent draft of a Freedom of Information Bill, revised from its 1991 proposals in time for the May 1997 General Election. (11 pages) Price £5.00.
  
-> Instructions to Counsel
  The Campaign's May 1997 proposals for a Freedom of Information Act are set out in the form of Instructions to Parliamentary Counsel (the government lawyer who drafts legislation) describing what the Act should contain and update its 1991 proposals. (22 pages) Price £5.00.
  
-> Explanatory notes on Lord Lucas' Freedom of Information Bill 192 kb 
  These notes give a clause by clause explanation of the private peer's FoI Bill introduced by the Conservative peer, Lord Lucas of Crudwell, which received its second reading on 10 February 1999. The bill, which was drafted by the Campaign, reflects the white paper proposals with certain improvements. It is largely the same as a 10-minute rule bill introduced by Labour MP Andrew Mackinlay in November 1998. (30 pages) Price £5.00.
  

Seminars

  Freedom of Information: International Experience & Prospects for Britain
  Transcript of a conference organised by the Campaign and sponsored by Consumers' Association in February 1993. Speakers: The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby, President, New South Wales Court of Appeal; John Grace, Information Commissioner of Canada; Mark Fisher MP (Labour), sponsor of the Right to Know Bill; Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative); Archy Kirkwood MP (Liberal Democrat); John Beishon, then Director of Consumers' Association and Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information. (155 pages) Price £20.00.
  
  Seminar "Commercial Confidentiality and the Public's Right to Know"
  This seminar, organised by the Campaign and sponsored by the Council of Civil Service Unions in October 1994, examined the commercial obstacles to the disclosure of information. Speakers were: Stephen Shaw, Director of the Prison Reform Trust; Andrew Lees, Campaigns Director of Friends of the Earth; Tim Kelsey, The Independent; Robert Hazell, Director of the Nuffield Foundation; and Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information. (44 pages) Price £4.00.
  
-> Seminar "Is Public Access to Civil Service Policy Advice Possible?" 204 kb 
  This seminar, organised by the Campaign and sponsored by the Association of First Division Civil Servants in March 1996, examined the extent to which civil service advice could be available under a Freedom of Information Act. Speakers were: The Rt Hon Roger Freeman MP, then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster; Derek Lewis, formerly Director General of the Prison Service; Graham Mather MEP; Peter Mandelson MP; Robert Maclennan MP; Peter Riddell, of The Times; and Maurice Frankel, Director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information. (71 pages) Price £6.00.
  

Older Evidence and Articles

  'The Secrets File' ed. Des Wilson, Heinemann, 1984
  Outlines the history of attempts to introduce FOI legislation in the UK, shows how other countries have done so and how secrecy affects the individual. Published in 1984 shortly after the Campaign's launch. Price £3.50.
  
  The Granada Guildhall Lectures on 'The Right to Know', 1984
  The 1984 Granada Guildhall Lectures, given by The Rt Hon Lord Scarman on 'The Right to Know', Floyd Abrahams, of Columbia University on 'Freedom of Information and the Law', and The Hon Justice Michael Kirby on 'Media Law Reform - Beyond Shangri-la'. Price £2.50.
  'Freedom of Information'
  This appeared in Human Rights in the United Kingdom ed. Paul Sieghart, Pinter Publishers, 1988. Price £1.00 (Paper 4).
  
  'The Right to Know'
  This appeared in Glasnost in Britain? ed. Norman Buchan & Tricia Sumner, Macmillan, 1989. Price £1.00 (Paper 3).
  
  'Parliamentary Accountability and Government Control of Information'
  This paper appeared in the first issue of the journal Studies in Law and Politics, OUP, October 1990. Price £1.00 (Paper 2).
  
-> 'Why Britain needs a Freedom of Information Act'
  This article appeared in the first issue of Public Policy Review, Spring 1993. Price £0.50 ( Paper 1).
  
-> 'Addicted to Secrecy, Lies and Distortion'
  This article appeared in the Observer supplement on censorship, March 1994. Price £0.50 (Paper 9).
  
  Evidence to the Select Committee on the Treasury & Civil Service
  The committee was inquiring into the role of the civil service. March 1994 Price £2.50 (Paper 8).
  
  Evidence to the Scott Enquiry
  March 1994 and April 1995. Price £1.00 (Paper 10).
  
  'How secrecy serves the government'
  Paper to the Forum for Interlending Conference, 13.7.95. Price £2.00 (Paper 15).
  
  'Lies that give you cancer'
  This article appeared in Tribune, 29.9.1995. Price £0.50 (Paper 17).
  
-> Ministerial Accountability after the Scott Report
  Evidence to the Public Service Select Committee inquiry into ministerial accountability. July 1996 Price £2.50 (Paper 19).
  
  'What is it legitimate to keep secret?'
  Paper by Maurice Frankel to the Oxford Research Group's seminar After the Scott Report, 20-21 July 1996. Price £2.50 (Paper 21).
  

FoI in Scotland

-> Response to the Scottish Executive's consultation document   156 kb
  The Campaign's response to the Scottish Executive's proposals for a freedom of information act, which were published in a consultation document in November 1999. The Campaign warmly welcomed many of the proposals as an advance on the Westminster Bill. However, in other areas the Westminster Bill's failings were retained. May 2000 (36 pages) Price £6.00 (Paper 40).
  
-> Response to the consultation on the draft FoI (Scotland) Bill   192 kb
  The Campaign's response to the Scottish Executive's draft FoI Bill. The response was prepared for MSPs for a debate on the draft Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 15 March 2001. (17 pages) Price £3.00 (Paper 46).
  
-> Letter to the Scottish Executive
  This letter expresses concern at an exemption for investigations relating to deaths contained in the draft FoI (Scotland) Bill. 19 June 2001 Price £1.00 (Letter 24).
  
-> Evidence to the Justice 1 Committee   188 kb
  The Campaign submitted written evidence to the Justice 1 Committee of the Scottish Parliament that considered the FoI (Scotland) Bill. 26 November 2001 (17 pages) Price £3.00 (Paper 51).
  
-> Briefing for Stage 1 of the FoI (Scotland) Bill   176 kb
  This briefing for MSPs was produced for the Stage 1 debate of the FoI (Scotland) Bill in the Scottish Parliament on 17 January 2002. (8 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 53).
  
-> The 'policy formulation' exemption   200 kb
  This briefing for Stage 2 of the FoI Bill urges MSPs to support two key amendments to the section 29 exemption for information relating to the formulation of Scottish Administration policy. 15 February 2002 (7 pages) Price £2.00. (Paper 54).
  

FoI overseas

-> 'Open and shut case'
  This article on the conflict between openness in Sweden and secrecy in EU decision making relating to Europol appeared in The Guardian, 18.6.1996. Price £0.50 (Paper 18).
  
-> Freedom of information: international characteristics   172 kb
  This paper was presented by the Campaign's Director, Maurice Frankel, at a seminar entitled 'Transparency in Europe' in The Hague on 15-16 February 2001. The seminar was organised by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior for officials from EU member states. (10 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 45).
  
-> Freedom of information and corruption   136 kb
  This paper was presented by the Campaign's Director, Maurice Frankel, to the Global Forum on 'Fighting Corruption and Safeguarding Integrity' in The Hague. May 2001 (8 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 47).
  
-> The ministerial veto overseas   184 kb
  This paper describes overseas experience in those jurisdictions whose FoI laws contain a ministerial veto. It was submitted to the Justice 1 Committee that considered the FoI (Scotland) Bill. (8 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 52).
  

 

- Open Government Code of Practice -

  Letter to William Waldegrave, Minister for Public Service and Science
  On the government's 'open government' initiative. 22.6.92, 11 pages Price £1.50 (Letter 1).
   
  Seminar on the Open Government White Paper
  Transcript of a seminar organised by the Campaign and sponsored by the Association of First Division Civil Servants in October 1993. Speakers: The Rt Hon. William Waldegrave MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and minister responsible for open government; Don Foster, Liberal Democrat MP; Mark Fisher, Labour MP and sponsor of the Right to Know Bill and Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information. (90 pages) Price £5.00.
  
  The Role of the Ombudsman under the Open Government Proposals
  Evidence to the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman), November 1993. Price £1.50 (Paper 7).
  
-> Testing the Open Government Code of Practice
  The 'Code of Practice on Access to Government Information' came into force on April 4, 1994. Under it the government promises to release information on request unless it is covered by one of 15 broad exemptions. Complaints about secrecy can be made, via an MP, to the Parliamentary Ombudsman. A separate code applying to the NHS came into force in June 1995. The Codes fall short of a Freedom of Information Act but should provide opportunities for access to some previously withheld information. This briefing is designed to encourage people to test the Code - both to benefit from any improvements, and to reveal its shortcomings. The briefing includes a copy of the central government Code itself. Price £1.50.
  
-> The Campaign's views on the first year of the operation of the Code of Practice
  Evidence to the Select Committee on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (the Ombudsman), March 1995. Price £2.50 (Paper 12).
  
  Letters to NHS Executive
  On the draft code of practice on openness in the NHS and on the subsequent final version, 25.11.94, and 2.6.95, 10 pages. Price £1.00 (Letter 13).
  

 

- Official Secrets Act -

-> Official Secrets Reform: Briefing
  A briefing on the Official Secrets Bill, which after its passage through the Commons became the Official Secrets Act 1989. Published December 1988 (25 pages) Price £3.00.

 

- Public Records -

-> Submission to the European Court of Human Rights
  This submission, produced jointly by the Campaign and Liberty, was made to the European Court of Human Rights in support of a case brought against by nuclear test veterans. They argued that secrecy had prevented them obtaining compensation for damage to their health caused by nuclear testing in the 1950s. The submission deals with the UK's public records system, legislation on access to medical records and international standards on access to information. July 1997 (27 pages) Price £5.00.

 

- Local Government -

  Letter to the Association of Metropolitan Authorities
  On the draft guidance note on open government for local authorities. 9.12.94, 6 pages Price £1.00 (Letter 14)
  
-> Evidence to the Nolan Committee inquiry into Aspects of Conduct in Local Government
  Describes the weakness of the law giving the public the right to see local authority information. October 1996 Price £1.50 (Paper 23).
  
-> A loss of openness in local government?
  Briefing note on local government openness, and the effects of the proposed draft Local Government (Organisation & Standards) Bill and draft Freedom of Information Bill. November 1999 Price £2.50 (Paper 31).
  
-> Access to information & the new Local Government Bill
  Joint briefing with the Local Government Information Unit and Charter 88 calling for amendments to the Local Government Bill to prevent it removing existing rights of access to local authority information. February 2000 (11 pages) Price £2.50.
  
-> Briefing for the second reading of the Local Government Bill
  This briefing was produced for the second reading of the Local Government Bill in the House of Commons on 11 April 2000 and explains how the Bill will increase secrecy in local government unless amended. (8 pages) Price £2 (Paper 36).
  
-> Briefing for the committee stage of the Local Government Bill   72 kb
  This briefing describes amendments tabled by Don Foster MP. (10 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 41).
  
-> Briefing for the report stage of the Local Government Bill   72 kb
  Describes amendments tabled to the Local Government Bill at report stage by an all-party group of MPs. (12 pages) Price £2.00.
  
-> Response to consultation on local authority openness regulations
  The Campaign's response to the consultation on the draft Executive Arrangements (Decisions, Documents and Meetings)(England) Regulations. 3.9.00, (9 pages) Price £2 (Paper 43).
  
-> Local government and openness   64 kb
  This briefing was produced for a debate in the House of Lords on the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations on 8 February 2001. It explains the Campaign's concern that the Regulations could lead to greater secrecy in local government. (8 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 44).
  
-> Response to the consultation on access to local government information   208 kb
  The Campaign's response to the consultation paper on aspects of the access to information regime in local government. The response calls for a tightening up of the exemptions, for the exemptions to be subject to a public interest test, and for an effective appeals mechanism against decisions to hold meetings in private. It also calls for extending the scope of the access provisions to include parish councils and bodies carrying out services on behalf of local authorities. 26 July 2001 (19 pages) Price £3.00 (Paper 48).
  

 

- Personal Files & Data Protection -

  Letter to the Data Protection Registrar
  On the operation of the Data Protection Act, 11.8.88, 7 pages. Price £1.00 (Letter 9)
  
  The First Year of the Data Protection Act
  Report describing the difficulty of obtaining access to computerised records under the Data Protection Act. November 1988, (13 pages) Price £2.50.
  
  Letter to Department of Health
  On the proposed (and subsequently abandoned) voluntary code of practice on access to health records, 3.7.89, 11 pages Price £1.50 (Letter 8).
  
  Letter to ministers at Department of Health
  Protesting at the blocking of the Access to Health Records Bill (the bill later became law), 26.2.90, 7 pages Price £1.00 (Letter 7).
  
-> Medical Records: Its Our Right to Know
  A dossier of 13 personal accounts by people who have seen or needed to see their own health records. Issued during the passage of the Access to Health Records Act 1990. February 1990, (11 pages) Price £2.50.
  
  Letter to Department of Health
  On proposed guidance on the Access to Health Records Act 1990, 3.6.91, (7 pages) Price £1.00 (Letter 6).
  
  Letter to Department of Health
  On the implications for access to personal files of the European Court ruling in the Graham Gaskin case, 27.5.92, 2 pages Price £0.50 (Letter 5).
  
-> Access to Personal Files and Health & Safety Information
  Letter to Roger Freeman MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, about the government's failure to introduce promised legislation on access to manual personal files and to health and safety information, 31.7.95, 7 pages Price £1.00 (Letter 16).
  
-> Access to personal files and the new EU Data Protection Directive
  A new right of access to manual files will have to be introduced by October 1998 to comply with an EU Directive. In this response to a Home Office consultation document the Campaign sets out some of its views on the Directive. It calls for existing rights of access under the Data Protection Act to be improved and expresses concern that some other rights (eg to see credit, school and medical records) could be weakened if they are consolidated into the proposed new legislation. 5.9.96, 10 pages Price £2.50 (Letter 18).
  
-> Letter to Home Office
  This letter outlines the Campaign's concerns that the confidentiality clause in the Data Protection Bill will lead to considerable unnecessary secrecy about the operation of the new legislation by preventing the Data Protection Registrar from naming companies that misuse personal data. 2.6.98, 8 pages Price £2.00 (Letter 22).
  
-> Amendments to the Data Protection Bill
  A series of amendments to the Data Protection Bill were drafted by the Campaign and tabled by Richard Shepherd MP at the bill's report stage in the House of Commons on 2 July 1998. The amendments were all debated, but none of them was passed. This briefing explains their purpose. July 1998, (8 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 27).
  
-> Your Rights to Personal Files
  A detailed guide to your legal rights to see computer records, credit reference agency, health, housing, social work and school records. Updated June 2000, (16 pages) Price £3.00.
  

 

- Whistleblowing -

-> Public Interest Disclosure Act
  The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 is the result of a private members bill introduced by Richard Shepherd MP (Con, Aldridge-Brownhills) and backed by Public Concern at Work and the Campaign. The Act, which came into force in July 1999, protects people who disclose information about serious malpractice from reprisals, providing they follow the procedures set down in the legislation. It followed earlier measures introduced by Don Touhig MP in 1996 and Tony Wright MP in 1995. The Bill and supporting explanatory materials can be found on the Campaign's website (http://www.cfoi.org.uk). Paper copies of the Act can be bought from Stationery Office bookshops, while further publications on the Act and whistleblowing can be obtained from Public Concern at Work, Suite 306, 16 Baldwin's Gardens, London EC1N 7RJ
  
-> 'Public and Private Concerns'
  This article on whistleblowing appeared in Index on Censorship, Number 2, 1995 Price £0.50 (Paper 13).

 

- Environmental & Safety Information -

-> Article from Secrets on the Environment & Safety Information Act 1988
  This appeared in issue 15 of the Campaign's newsletter.
  Letter to Department of the Environment
  On proposals for regulations under the Environmental Protection Act for public registers of pollution information, 14.12.90, 4 pages Price £0.50 (Letter 4).
  
  Briefing on the Corporate Safety and Environmental Information Bill
  Describes a private member's bill introduced by Jeff Rooker MP to require companies to publish details of their environmental and safety record in their annual reports. The bill, drafted by the Campaign & The Citizen Action Compensation Campaign, was talked out in January 1992. The briefing gives examples of what companies prosecuted for serious offences say about them in their reports (nothing). January 1992 (30 pages) Price £5.00.
  
  Letters to Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  On proposals for increased public access to pesticide safety information, 18.2.92 & 6.11.92, (6 pages) Price £1.00 (Letter 3).
  
  Letter to Department of the Environment
  On the government's proposals for implementing the European directive on the Freedom of Access to Information on the Environment, 1.5.92, (15 pages) Price £2.00 (Letter 2).
  
  'Future Legislative Demands for Environmental Information'
  Paper given at a conference on 'The Business Implications of Public Access to Environmental Information' organised by IBC Technical Services Ltd, 28.9.92, (16 pages) Price £2.50 (Paper 6).
  
  'Disclosure of Environmental Information'
  Paper given at the National Society for Clean Air annual conference, 20.10.92, (21 pages) Price £3.00 (Paper 5).
  
-> The Environmental Information Regulations and THORP   204 kb
  These Regulations came into force in December 1992 and provide a right of access to environmental information. This report describes the Campaign's attempt to use the Regulations to obtain information about the BNFL THORP nuclear reprocessing plant. The report documents the failure of many agencies to comply and includes the Campaign's subsequent formal complaint to the European Commission that Britain has failed to properly implement the relevant European Directive, and letters to three Secretaries of State responsible for the non-disclosure. (87 pages) December 1993 Price £10.00.
  
  Letter to the Health and Safety Executive
  On its failure to comply with the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 and their misrepresentation of section 28 of the Health & Safety at Work Act. 10.3.94, 23 pages. Price £3.00 (Letter 11).
  
-> Access to Health & Safety Information and Personal Files
  Letter to Roger Freeman MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, about the government's failure to introduce promised legislation on access to health and safety information and to manual personal files, 31.7.95, (7 pages) Price £1.00 (Letter 16).
  
-> The Environmental Information Regulations
  Evidence to the House of Lords European Communities Committee, Sub-Committee C, February 1996, (10 pages) Price £2.00 (Paper 18).
  

 

- Medicines Information -

  Briefing on the Medicines Information Bill
  This bill was introduced by Giles Radice MP to give the public access to results of the safety tests on new pharmaceuticals. The Bill was drafted by the Campaign with the National Consumer Council & Social Audit. It completed its committee stage but was talked out at its report stage on 30 April 1993. The briefing includes a detailed guide to the bill (14 pages), examples of secrecy in this area (6 pages), the press release and press cuttings about the bill, (11 pages) Price £3.00.
  
-> Articles from Secrets on the Medicines Information Bill
  These appeared in issue 26 of the Campaign's newsletter.
  
  Letter to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate
  On the Draft marketing authorisations for veterinary medicinal products Regulations 1994, 27.7.94, (2 pages) Price £0.50 (Letter 12).
   
-> 'The Secret Life of Pharmaceuticals'
  This article appeared in Chemistry and Industry magazine, December 1994. Price £0.50 (Paper 11).
  

 

- Internet & Electronic Information -

  'Can technology help us keep tabs on the Government - or will it always be the other way round?'
  Paper at a seminar on "The Citizen & State" sponsored by IBM, 12.9.95. Price £2.50 (Paper 16).
  
-> Government Information on the Internet
  Letter to Roger Freeman MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, about the lack of access to Hansard and statutes on the Internet and suggestions for putting more information on the government's web site. 12.10.95, and 18.10.95, (19 Pages) Price £2.50 (Letter 17).
-> 'Freedom of Information & the Internet: An Electronic Window on to Government'
  This chapter by Andrew Ecclestone appeared in Liberating Cyberspace ed. Liberty, Pluto Press, 1998. Price £2.50 (Paper 25).
  

 

- Miscellaneous -

  'Privacy law would only cloak public wrongdoers'
  This article appeared in The Scotsman, 13.4.95. Price £0.50 (Paper 14).
  
  Letter to Customs and Excise
  Response to a consultation on making the VAT Register available to the public, 14.12.95, (3 pages) Price £0.50 (Letter 18).
  
  Letter to OFTEL
  On consultation procedures and transparency, 28.3.95. Price £0.50 (Letter 15).
  
  Letters to Department of Health ministers
  On public access to responses to departmental consultation papers, 29.10.93 & 28.1.94, 6 pages. Price £1.00 (Letter 10).

 

'Secrets' Newspaper

Published irregularly, the Secretsnewsletter contains the Campaign's research, news and secrecy examples. Past issues include:

  • Secrets 15 Official Secrets Act reform // Access to Medical Reports Act // Environment & Safety Information Act

  • Secrets 16 Official Secrets Bill // Data Protection Act problems

  • Secrets 17 The lobby system // Selling the Official Secrets Act

  • Secrets 18 Access to Health Records Bill // European environmental information directive

  • Secrets 19 Health Records Bill survives sabotage bid

  • Secrets 20 Environmental secrecy: air, water, nuclear & toxic waste

  • Secrets 21 Transport safety // Inquests

  • Secrets 22 Information about Britain available under the US FOI Act // govt advisory committees

  • Secrets 23 The Campaign's draft FOI bill // secrecy examples

  • Secrets 24 Conservative ministers who once backed FOI // Company annual reports and the environment // secret information that would become available under FOI

  • Secrets 25 The 1992 election and FOI // Citizens Charter // Freedom of Information and Corporate Safety & Environmental Information Bills blocked // secrecy examples

  • Secrets 26 Open Government White Paper // Right to Know Debate // Environmental Information // Medicines Information Bill // FOI in Australia and Canada

Secrets is available at £1 per issue, or £20 for a complete set (Issues 1-26).

 

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