Friday, January 07, 2005

Manchster Evening News to test FOI

Manchster Evening News 4th Jan.

"THE Manchester Evening News today tests the new Freedom of Information Act by asking ten key unanswered questions. The M.E.N. is demanding that Bury council finally comes clean on how much it spent on the case of Anthony McNally, the former teacher who was suspended for nine years over allegations, that were never proved, of inappropriately touching a pupil.

We also want Greater Manchester Police to tell us how much taxpayers' money it spent arguing vainly in court that it was right to let DCI Kenny Caldwell retire on a pension after he was blamed for the collapse of a major murder trial.

There are other questions for transport bosses about whether they have drawn up any secret plans for congestion charging, and health chiefs about the scale of superbug MRSA in our hospitals.

Other issues include bullying in the Army, plans for countering terrorist attacks, fines for the private company running Manchester's new magistrates court and racism in the police force."

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