Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Petition on publicly-owned companies and FOI

The following petition on the Number 10 website is open for signature.

"We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to support a change to the law to make companies owned two thirds or more by public authorities subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000."

You can sign the petition here. The deadline for signatures is 23 January 2009.

More details from the petition's creator, John Cross:

The public has a right to know how public money is spent.

At present Section 6 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 makes companies that are 100% owned by the Crown or by a single public authority subject to the Act.

The current law is not sensible - a company owned by one local authority is subject to the Act but a company owned by two local authorities is not.

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