Elizabeth Denham’s finale on the Freedom of Information Act

Days before leaving office as the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham gave evidence to Parliament stressing the need for FOI reform. Stewart Dresner reports.

On 25 November, departing Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham gave evidence to the House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Cabinet Office’s Freedom of Information Clearing House. She gave her opinion that from her experience the Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) should be strengthened.

This was her 31st appearance before Parliament and her first on the FoIA. She started by saying: “I see my role as promoting best practice, as well as enforcing the law.” She had seen changes over the last 15 years in that “the law has not been kept up to date to respond to how Government is delivered and to the expectations of citizens.”

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