Crossrail

Transport written question – answered on 28th June 2005.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

Cross London Rail Links Ltd. (CLRLL) is not wholly owned by any one public authority, and as such is not covered by the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA). I understand from CLRLL that the board of directors have undertaken that the company should behave as though it has to conform to the Act.

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Barbara Smith
Posted on 30 Jun 2005 9:53 am (Report this annotation)

Mr Twigg does answer the question. However, CLRL is a 50/50 joint venture owned by TfL and DfT, both of which are public bodies and both of which are subject to FOIA. It therefore seems perverse that CLRL are exempt. This 'no mans land' that Crossrail are in with regard to FOIA, could be open to manipulation. Some information may be forthcoming but, whereas under FOIA it would be given within a reasonable time, the fact that they are not subject to the act could lead to long delays in gaining information.

Romford residents have endured a long wait for the depot site elimination details. For those of us wishing to petition on this aspect of the bill, a wait of 8 months since our first request has been less than helpful. It is my understanding that it has not only been residents who have been kept waiting on these details, but also council officials and other public figures, which is apalling as now we do have them, we can see that they are dated December 2003! We received them in May 2005!!

It is worth noting however, that CLRL are subject to Environmental Inforamtion Regulations (EIR) and more information on this can be obtained at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk This only came to light when I wrote to the Information Commissioners office with regard to what I see as a loophole in FOIA, that needs closing.

Alan Clarke
Posted on 30 Jun 2005 11:25 pm (Report this annotation)

The Freedom of Information Act is not worth the paper it is written on. The Governemnet choose to select what and who is compliant with it.
Come on Crossrail and Government show your hand what are you hiding. Worried that you have papers about the destruction of Railway habitat a year ago at Romford where you want to build your Depot. Although you deny it was anything to do with you.
The Railtrack case will show how tacky you all are.