Freedom of Information

Trade and Industry written question – answered on 27th February 2006.

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Photo of Peter Law Peter Law Independent, Blaenau Gwent

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what criteria are used to judge whether information released to applicants in response to freedom of information (FOI) requests is of wider public interest and should be included on the FOI pages of his Department's website.

Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson Secretary of State for Trade and Industry

Information released to applicants under the Freedom of Information Act is considered for publication on the DTI's web pages on a case-by-case basis as to whether it would be of wider public interest. My Department aims progressively to increase the amount of information it publishes from FOI requests on its website.

This publication is not a requirement of the FOI Act, but is in the spirit of freedom of information, and consistent with Whitehall best practice guidelines on publishing FOI responses that are likely to be of broad interest.

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Ken Brookman
Posted on 1 Mar 2006 11:26 am (Report this annotation)

Good question. There is a great need for the public to have access to more information on politicians particularly when they have two jobs and a holiday home in Cardiff. Another point is whether there are any staff paid twice but I am waiting for my reply to that request.