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Reviewing the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000—is the tail wagging the dog?

Reviewing the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000—is the tail wagging the dog?
Published on: 24 November 2015
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Reviewing the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000—is the tail wagging the dog?
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  • What is the background to the call for evidence and the response of the IC?
  • What were the questions posed and how did the IC respond?
  • What are the IC’s key recommendations eg in relation to the executive veto, enforcement and appeals, time limits and FIA 2000, s 14 guidance?
  • Are there any patterns or trends emerging in the law in this area eg reduction in written records?
  • To what extent is the IC response helpful in clarifying the law in this area, eg in relation to the chilling effect, safe space and public interest test?
  • How does this review fit in with other developments in this area eg scrutiny of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and recent cases such as Client Earth v Commission?
  • What are they key challenges lawyers need to watch out for?
  • What can we expect in the Burns Commission’s report?

Article summary

Public law analysis: The Information Commissioner (IC) recently gave evidence to the Burns Commission on different aspects and the operation of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FIA 2000). Julian Milford, barrister at 11KBW, examines the IC’s recommendations and how they fit in with wider developments in this area. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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