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Freedom of information requests could suffer in government cuts

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3877 (Published 16 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3877
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK Information Commissioner’s Office is to launch a new enforcement policy to get tough on public bodies that consistently fail to meet deadlines for answering freedom of information and data access requests.

    Deputy commissioner Graham Smith, who announced the initiative at a seminar on freedom of information on 15 July held by the Westminster Legal Policy Forum, a cross government forum aimed at raising debate on legal policy, said that some public authorities were consistently failing to meet deadlines. “We are saying we will work with you, but if there is no improvement we will issue an enforcement notice,” he said.

    Other speakers at the seminar warned that freedom of information could …

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