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The House of Commons cannot pick and choose how it agrees to comply with Freedom of Information requests – particularly when that pickiness has the effect of restricting access to the very information it is required to release. That was made clear this week in a landmark ruling by the Information Commissioner, which is likely …


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  1. Nick Leaton

    Easy solution

    If they had ruled in favour of the commons, then all you need is to have everyone on whatdotheyknow put in requests for the printed information.

    The commons couldn't refuse after all. Committed by the first response, its then damned because every other request is for information not in the public domain.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well Duh!

    It's called the Freedom of Information act. The point being surely that it means information should be freely available. Not difficult to understand, shirley? FREELY available means you can't place conditions on your response to an FoI request. What next; "We could tell you, but if we tell you we'll have to kill you"?

    Why has it taken the IC so long to clarify this? Could it be the usual civil service job creation scheme? That is to say every office within the civil service makes sure that every job contains the maximum amount of work in order to expand the empire. If the government really want to make cuts in public expenditure then a good place to start would be to send in the time and motion man to the civil service.

  3. Sir Runcible Spoon


    What part of *FREEDOM* OF INFORMATION don't they want to understand?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      What part of *FREEDOM* OF

      INFORMATION don't they want to understand?

      That it applies to them?

      They wrote the bloody Act and can't understand it! What hope is there for the other legislation that gets passed by that bunch of w**kers!

  4. Graham Marsden

    Freedom of Information...

    ... but not freedom to *tell* people about what you've found out???

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