News stories posted during 2012

Parliament seeks evidence by 3 February on FOI implementation

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18/01/2012 by:

The Freedom of Information Act is currently being reviewed, and the deadline for submitting evidence to the Parliamentary committee is 3 February 2012. The Ministry of Justice has published a memorandum on its post legislative scrutiny of the Act....

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Justice Committee begins post-legislative scrutiny of the FOIA

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21/02/2012 by:

The House of Commons Justice Committee’s first hearing on the post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 took place on 21 February. Maurice Frankel, Director for Campaign for Freedom of Information, told the Committee that in...

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ICO issues FOI Undertakings to six public authorities

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23/03/2012 by:

The Welsh Government, Kent County Council, Cornwall Council, East Lancashire NHS Trust, Nottingham City Council and North Somerset Council have signed Undertakings, which commit them to making improvements to their FOI compliance, the ICO announce...

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Mean average cost of an FOI request is £184

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04/05/2012 by:

Research conducted by Ipsos Mori and commissioned by the Ministry of Justice reveals that the mean average cost of an FOI request is £184. The research found that a small minority of expensive requests count for a large proportion of the total...

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ICO’s launches its publication scheme plan for 2012/13

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17/05/2012 by:

The ICO will introduce a revised FOI Model Publication Scheme to apply to all sectors from 1 April 2013, with definition documents providing sector specific guidance to accompany the main scheme. Announcing the plans now will allow public...

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ICO: Use of the ministerial veto should be reserved for genuinely exceptional cases

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22/05/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, has in his recent report to Parliament, expressed his concern for the government’s use of its veto power in FOIA cases. The government has used its veto power on three previous occasions, all of...

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Organisations should include FOI provisions in contracts with private sector providers, MPs say

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14/08/2012 by:

MPs on Parliament's Justice Select Committee say that contracts may be the best way forward to ensure that private sector companies performing public duties comply with their FOI obligations. The Committee, which has scrutinised the effectiveness ...

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Cabinet minutes on Iraq remain off limits

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07/09/2012 by:

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, says in his report submitted to Parliament on 3 September that the circumstances around Cabinet minutes on Iraq were not ‘exceptional’ – a prerequisite for the use of the Ministerial veto under FOI...

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Government consults on datasets

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14/12/2012 by:

The government has launched a consultation to clarify what is expected of public authorities which are required to publish datasets for re-use and in a re-useable format. The requirements stem from the amendments made to the Freedom of Information...

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