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MPs’ bill would strengthen public right to know about contractors

A Bill to close a loophole in the Freedom of Information Act that allows contractors providing public services to escape scrutiny is due have its second reading debate on Friday 17 October.
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MPs urged to bring contractors’ information under FOI Act

MPs who come up in this week’s ballot for private members’ bills are being urged to introduce a bill to improve the public’s right to know about public service contracts.
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Two consultations on FOI this year

Justice minister, Simon Hughes, today confirmed there would be two significant consultations on the Freedom of Information Act this year:
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Welcome for Labour’s promise to extend FOI to contractors

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has welcomed Labour’s commitment to extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies delivering public services.

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Government plans to extend FOI Act “disappointingly modest”

The government’s plans to extend the Freedom of Information Act to just 4 bodies or classes of organisation is “a useful but disappointingly modest result”, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

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Concern over new freedom of information exemptions

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement today that the Freedom of Information Act would be extended to additional bodies and that the 30 year period before old official papers are made public would be reduced to 20 years. This was a substantial step, the Campaign said, even if it did not go as far as the 15 year period recommended by the Dacre Review earlier this year.

However it expressed serious concern at Mr Brown’s announcement that new exemptions to the Freedom of Information Act would be introduced for Cabinet Papers and for information relating to the Royal Family.

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Contractors “should be subject to Information Act”

Private contractors providing services to the public on behalf of public authorities should be made subject to the Freedom of Information Act in their own right, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

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Welcome for Northern Rock freedom of information vote

The Campaign for Freedom of Information welcomed today’s vote in the House of Lords to bring Northern Rock within the scope of the Freedom of Information Act. Northern Rock would have been explicitly excluded from the FOI Act under the government’s nationalisation proposals published this week.

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Welcome for positive moves on FOI

The Campaign for Freedom of Information has welcomed the government’s decision, announced today, to drop proposals to restrict the Freedom of Information Act. Instead the government has announced that it will consult on extending the scope of the Act to certain kinds of private bodies and on changing the 30 year rule.

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