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.
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.
Response to the Ministry of Justice ‘Freedom of Information Act 2000: Designation of additional public authorities’ consultation paper.
The response welcomes the government’s decision to consider extending the FOI Act to some of the private sector and other bodies which are capable of being designated under section 5 of the Act. It calls for a significant increase in the scope of the Act, matched by an appropriate increase in the funding of the Information Commissioner’s office.
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.