Wednesday, January 07, 2004 : Blair urged to counter secrecy in Whitehall

Article in the Financial Times states that the Cabinet Office Report on FOI will be published in th next few days. Looks like the report is pushing for a more open FOI regime: "The committee recommends the government waive the ministerial right of veto altogether. It proposes that the "harm test" should be toughened to prevent publication only where there is a danger of doing "substantial harm". It also proposes that, where possible, existing "class exemptions" should not apply"

The substantial harm test was in the orginal White Paper published back in 1997.

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