MPs have no reason to be exempt from FoI law, watchdog warns – The Independent

Posted May 25th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“A campaign by MPs to remove themselves from open government laws in order to protect the privacy of their constituents has been seriously undermined by the UK’s information watchdog.”

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The Independent, 25th May 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bid to put off info time-wasters – BBC News

Posted May 24th, 2007 in freedom of information, news by sally

“Plans are due to be unveiled to deter ‘pointless and mischievous’ requests under the Freedom of Information Act.” 

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BBC News, 24th May 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Chancellor will block moves to water down FOI – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in freedom of information, news by traceydennis

“Gordon Brown is poised to kill off moves by the Lord Chancellor to water down the Freedom of Information Act, it became clear last night.”

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd May 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

BBC v. Sugar – Times Law Reports

Posted May 22nd, 2007 in freedom of information, law reports, media by traceydennis

Appeal impossible before decision notice served

BBC v Sugar

Queen’s Bench Division

“There could be no appeal to the Information Tribunal unless the Information Commissioner had decided whether the requirements of Part I of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 had been complied with by a public authority and where a decision notice had been served.”

The Times,  22nd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Freedom of information ‘needs restraints’ – The Times

Posted May 21st, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“A crackdown on those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act will begin this week as the row intensifies over whether MPs should be exempt from the law.”

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The Times, 21st May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MPs vote themselves exemption from freedom of information law – The Independent

Posted May 21st, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“Britain’s fledgling open government laws were delivered a serious blow yesterday when MPs, backed by government ministers, voted to grant themselves a blanket exemption from the legislation. The move was roundly condemned by freedom of information campaigners and MPs opposed to the measure, who said it represented an attack on democracy.”

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The Independent, 19th May 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lords to shame MPs over secrecy bill – The Observer

Posted May 21st, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“Members of Parliament who voted to remove themselves from anti-secrecy laws are to be ‘put to shame’ by peers gearing up to block a similar move for the House of Lords.”

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The Observer, 20th May 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

MPs make themselves exempt from FOI – The Times

Posted May 18th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“A move to exempt Parliament from freedom of information law has been approved by MPs after attempts to block it in the Commons failed.”

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The Times, 18th May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Freedom of information: Government could be forced to publish secrets of Iraq memo – The Independent

Posted May 11th, 2007 in freedom of information, Iraq, official secrets act by sally

“What did Tony Blair tell George Bush when they discussed Iraq? Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, considers how the Freedom of Information Act might provide the answer.”

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The Independent, 11th May 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

British Broadcasting Corporation v. Sugar – WLR Daily

Posted May 1st, 2007 in freedom of information, law reports, media by sally

British Broadcasting Corporation v. Sugar [2007] EWHC 905 (Admin) 

“It was only in respect of information held by the British Broadcasting Corporation otherwise than for the purposes of journalism, art or literature that the BBC was a public authority subject to the requirements of Pts I to IV of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.”

WLR Daily, 27th April 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

WWF European Policy Programme v. Council of the European Union – WLR Daily

Posted May 1st, 2007 in EC law, freedom of information, law reports by sally

WWF European Policy Programme v. Council of the European Union (supported by Commission of the European Communities, intervener) (Case T-264/04)

“The public right of access to documents of the EC institutions entailed in principle an obligation on the part of the institutions to document their activities.”

 WLR Daily, 25th April 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Freedom of information: Open democracy under threat from Parliament – The Independent

Posted April 30th, 2007 in freedom of information, parliament by sally

“Proposals to remove MPs from the ambit of the Freedom of Information Act are to be debated today. Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, considers what is at stake.” 

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The Independent, 30th April 2007

Source: www.independent.co.uk

BBC wins battle to withhold Middle East report – The Times

Posted April 27th, 2007 in freedom of information, media, news by sally

“The BBC has won a High Court bid to overturn an information tribunal’s decision that gave a member of the public access to an internal report on the corporations’ [sic] Middle East coverage.”

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The Times, 27th April 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MPs to debate info exemption bid – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“Debate on the controversial bill to exempt MPs from freedom of information laws has been delayed until May.” 

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BBC News, 27th April 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ministers back bill giving FoI exemption for parliament – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“Senior ministers are backing a controversial bill to exempt parliament from the Freedom of Information Act as a second attempt is made on Friday to push the legislation through the Commons.”

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The Guardian, 25th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Attempt to limit FOI will be heard again on Friday – OUT-LAW.com

Posted April 24th, 2007 in freedom of information, news, parliament by sally

“A controversial bill seeking to exempt members of parliament from the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act will be heard again this Friday. The proposal was the subject of a five-hour filibuster in Parliament last week.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 24th April 2007

Source: www.out-law.com

Freedom of information statistics October to December 2006 – Department for Constitutional Affairs

Posted April 18th, 2007 in freedom of information, government departments, statistics by sally

“This eighth quarterly report providing statistics on implementation of the Act across central government covers October to December 2006.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs, 18th April 2007

Source: www.dca.gov.uk