Gov Written Answer – #wco Scrutiny (Cabinet Office: Government: Accountability)


Lloyd, Tony raised an interesting point.

Subjects: Scrutiny; FoI; Governance; Metadata; LocalGov; Parliament-UK

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he plans to take to increase levels of transparency in Government decision-making in order to improve accountability to the public.

Comment by #wco: We like this, however as part of the Big Society, more and more services will be delivered by organisations that are not subject to FOI requests – we suggest the following changes to FOI legislation:
where a civic service or function is provided,
or where a partnership exists where one parter is already subject to FOI then that subsequent provider and partnership is also a “derived” subject to FOI requests
in addition, the preamble to the legislation is to inclusive, rather that prescriptive for organisations to be subject to it. ie, any organisation spending central/local government money is subject to FOI unless specifically time-limited excluded – with scrutiny for the decision.

Other Contacts: Maude, Francis

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Published: 01/03/2011 12:00:00


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