Tuesday, April 03, 2007

FOI on Radio 4

FOI has featured in two Radio 4 programmes in the last few days.

On the Today programme this morning, Maurice Frankel and Sir Malcolm Rifkind discussed whether the Freedom of Information Act will lead to inhibitions in record-keeping. This follows the recent disclosure of Treasury policy papers on the 1997 decision to abolish payable tax credits on dividends. You can listen to the programme on the Today website and skip to the discussion on FOI at 8.20 am.

On Sunday, The Westminster Hour reported on the government's re-think over changes to the FOI fees regulations. The programme's reporter, Ben Shore, spoke to DCA minister Baroness Ashton, Robert Hazell (Constitution Unit), Martin Rosenbaum (BBC Westminster), Maurice Frankel (Campaign for FOI), Alan Beith (Chair, Constitutional Affairs Committee) and Bob Satchwell (Society of Editors) about the proposals and the government's announcement last week of a further consultation. Listen to the report.

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