Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Cabinet minutes released for the first time

The government have complied with a ruling by the Tribunal and disclosed the minutes of the 1986 cabinet meeting where Michael Heseltine resigned over the Westland affair. The minutes were requested by the BBC's Martin Rosenbaum in February 2005. Martin's blog post on the disclosure is here.

This is the first time that cabinet minutes have been disclosed under the FOI Act. The previous government vetoed the release of cabinet minutes on the Iraq war and cabinet sub-committee minutes on devolution from 1997.

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