The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information (the “Commission“) has published its report on the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“). After extensive written responses to a call for evidence and two days of oral evidence, the report has surprised commentators by not recommending any major changes to the existing freedom of information regime to
The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information has recently issued a call for evidence as part of a review which may herald comprehensive changes to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“). The Commission, established amid concerns that the current regime does not adequately protect sensitive information (see our previous blog post), will consider how
The Cabinet Office has recently announced that a cross-party commission is to look into the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”) in light of apparent concerns that sensitive information is not being sufficiently protected. FOIA was introduced under the last Labour Government, coming fully into force on 1 January 2005, and allows a private citizen
The Supreme Court has ruled that the absolute exemption contained in s.32(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“) continues to apply to information obtained or created by a person conducting an inquiry even after the termination of that inquiry. The decision was not without dissent, however, with the minority of the Court considering
In a judgment handed down yesterday, the Court of Appeal has – for the first time – quashed a decision of the Attorney General (“AG“) to veto an Upper Tribunal (“UT“) order that documents be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“).
The Cabinet Office has again failed to justify its attempts to avoid the transparency it so often vociferously promotes. Last week, we reported on the Upper Tribunal’s dismissal of the Cabinet Office’s appeal which effectively sought to avoid the application of the government’s own policy on the reduction of the “30-year rule” to a “20
In September, on this blog, we questioned whether use of the Ministerial veto under s.53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA“) to prevent disclosure of information subject to FOIA requests was becoming increasingly routine. A month later, we can report that the veto has been used again, this time to prevent disclosure of