Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Watchdog Fears Government Unready for Information Act

The Government is not properly prepared for the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, the head of the committee on standards in public life warned today.

“I think that could be the start of a restoration of trust if it is done properly,” he said.

But speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One he said: “My worry is I’m not convinced that central government and other public bodies are as well prepared for this latest legal development as they should be.”

Sir Alistair said the full implementation of the act would represent a “milestone” in open decision-making. But he urged ministers to look at their own departments to ensure they were ready.

Source: the Scotsman

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