Thursday, April 13, 2006

Media update - Information Commissioner criticised for FOIA implementation
"The Freedom of Information Act has produced wider access to information – but the legislation has been implemented in a way that hinders requests, and the Information Commissioner is partly to blame, a House of Commons committee has heard."

BBC news - Ministers quizzed on RAF flights
"A breakdown of each minister's use of the aircraft - officially known as 32 (The Royal) Squadron - was published by the Ministry of Defence in response to a freedom of information request."

Also view the documents at the MOD disclosure log

Press Gazette - BBC faces crunch ruling on FoI
"The BBC is facing a landmark ruling from the Information Tribunal that will test a tactic it has used to reject more than 400 Freedom of Information requests...The scope of that derogation will be tested by the Information Tribunal on 14 June when it holds a hearing about whether the corporation should be compelled to publish a report on its coverage of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict written by senior editorial advisor Malcolm Balen (pictured)."

Supply University U-turn on tender charges
"A university that was charging companies just to tender for its printing contract has backed down following pressure from a printing federation.....But the University of Hertfordshire admitted it had made a mistake after the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) used the Freedom of Information Act to investigate why it was charging and what the sums were used for."

The Times - Driver wins right to see police note
"A police officer has been ordered under the Freedom of Information Act to hand over his notebook to a motorist who complained about his behaviour."

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