Government considers increasing fees for freedom of information requests
Thursday 15 March 2012
The Government today refused to rule out increasing fees for freedom of information requests.
Labour former justice minister Lord Wills pointed to newspaper reports that civil servants were calling for increased charges to discourage people using the Freedom of Information Act.
At question time in the Hose of Lords, he said: “At one point the previous government also looked at increasing charges for users of the Act, but they dropped that proposal when they realised the damage it would do.”
He asked justice minister Lord McNally: “Will you now rule out increasing charges for users of the Act?”
Lord McNally said he had referred the Act to the justice select committee in the House of Commons which was carrying out post-legislative scrutiny.
He told Lord Wills: “It is entirely proper that Sir Alan Beith and his committee should look at a whole range of proposals, including the issue of charging, which other jurisdictions such as Ireland have brought in.
“It is a matter we will look at when we have heard what the post-legislative scrutiny deliberations bring forward.”
- 1 'Not suppost to cry': 9-year-old lists the worst things about being a boy
- 4 Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
- 5 Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Ryan Gosling granted temporary restraining order against a woman 'convinced she was his twin flame'
Jennifer Lawrence sings in new The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 clip on YouTube
Anti-gay hate preacher accidentally tweets 4,000 followers cartoon clip of him 'confessing' to be a 'homosexual sodomite'
Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week
Grayson Perry: London needs affordable housing because 'rich people don't create culture'
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
Rochester by-election: Labour MP Emily Thornberry resigns after posting white van and England flags tweet
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
Revealed: How the world gets rich – from privatising British public services
Myleene Klass: Ed Miliband 'strikes back' by comparing UK's need for Labour's mansion tax to Hear'Say track
Voluntary Only - Expenses Reimbursed: Reach Volunteering: A trustee (company d...
£45000 - £65000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This is an opportunity to join a successful an...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Sales Account Manager...