FOI post-legislative scrutiny: Campaign gives evidence

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has submitted written evidence to the Justice Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act. The submission is divided into three parts. The first describes some areas where the FOI Act and Environmental Information Regulations are not working as well as they should. It suggests a number of improvements such as the introduction of more specific time limits for responding to requests and dealing with internal reviews and the lifting os some absolute exemptions. The second deals with the contracting out of public authority functions to bodies which are not subject to the Act. Recent measures to encourage this process are likely to substantially undermine the public’s rights to information. The third responds to suggestions that changes to the right of access may be introduced to protect cabinet papers, to introduce fees for FOI requests or make it easier for public authorities to refuse requests on cost grounds.

The Campaign also gave oral evidence at the Committee’s first evidence session yesterday along with WhatDoTheyKnow and Unlock Democracy. You can watch a recording of the session here.

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