Freedom of Information Act

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 18th March 2014.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 11:30 am, 18th March 2014

There has been good progress in extending the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act because the coalition Government pledged to extend its scope to provide greater transparency. We extended it in 2010 to academies, in 2011 to the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, and last year to 100 companies wholly owned by more than one public authority. The next item on the agenda is to do with Network Rail, and we are awaiting a view from the Department for Transport as to whether it thinks it would be appropriate for that to be implemented this year.