Tuesday, April 05, 2005

The Information Commissioner responds

From Media Guardian letters:
"Dan Tench is wrong to suggest that I have in some way undermined my independence as information commissioner by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with govern ment departments (A cosy get-out, March 21)....."
Richard Thomas
Information commissioner

Read the original article
Read the memorandum on the DCA website

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The non-statutory preliminary enforcement notice appears to be a device to help the Commissioner avoid the difficulty of issuing formal notices on Government. It has no other obvious purpose. The MOU is weighted against the applicant. It prevents the Commissioner from using his powers early on, and suggests that the applicant could face pressure from the Commissioner to drop his complaint. It might be unfair to judge the Commissioner before the effects of the MOU can be assessed, but at the moment, he appears to favour a good relationship with the Government over fair dealing with all parties.

If this is not the case, where is the corresponding initiative to benefit the applicant?