Today’s publication of the Welsh Cabinet minutes, just 6 weeks after the cabinet meeting took place, was welcomed by the Campaign for Freedom of Information. The Campaign’s director Maurice Frankel said the initiative “shatters the taboo that revealing cabinet proceedings before 30 years have passed will fatally undermine decision-making. The minutes reveal business-like, practical and sometimes mundane discussions and suggest that the traditional secrecy in this area may have more to do with protecting mystique than real secrets or highly sensitive discussions”.
Briefing for Peers for the second reading of the Freedom of Information in the House of Lords on 20 April.
Dangers to public safety and damaging mistakes by ministers could still be suppressed despite new government amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill published today (March 24), according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
Complete set of briefing papers (1-10) on amendments tabled to the Freedom of Information Bill during its Committee Stage. Produced 9 February 2000.
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.
A version of this article by the Campaign’s director, Maurice Frankel,
appeared in The House Magazine on 6 December 1999.
The Scottish cabinet has rejected key elements of Jack Straw’s Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill, in proposals published today.1 As a result Scotland will have a significantly better Freedom of Information (FOI) Act than the rest of the UK, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
QUEEN’S SPEECH BRIEFING
23 November 1999
Following the reports of two select committees, the government has made a number of improvements to the draft Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill. However, the bill still suffers from several substantial defects.
This briefing deals with two main concerns:
1. The existence of ‘class exemptions’ which protect all information falling within particular classes, regardless of whether disclosure would cause harm
2. The fact that ministers and authorities – not the Information Commissioner – have the final word on whether information should be disclosed in the public interest
The government’s Freedom of Information (FOI) proposals are still “deeply flawed and would allow ministers to suppress embarrassing information”, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
Crucial improvements need to be made to the draft FOI bill. This leaflet describes the most important changes needed to guarantee even a basic ‘right to know’. Please contact your MP about the Bill, and encourage others to do the same. Feel free to reproduce and circulate this leaflet.