The Campaign for Freedom of Information said it was deeply disappointed by the government’s draft Freedom of Information (FoI) bill published today.  “This is not just a major retreat from the government’s own white paper. In key areas the bill is weaker than the openness code introduced by the Conservatives” it said.
The Campaign for Freedom of Information said it regretted that the government had not accepted the Macpherson report’s recommendations on freedom of information (FOI). The Macpherson report called for information about all areas of policing to be covered by an FOI Act. However the government’s response to the report published today [March 23] says that “information relating to an investigation or prosecution…will be exempt, as a class, from disclosure”.