Freedom of information

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UK officials still blocking Peter Wright’s ‘embarrassing’ Spycatcher files
A documentary-maker has accused the Cabinet Office of defying the 30-year rule in withholding details of the MI5 exposé

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

27, Nov, 2021 @3:18 PM

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Private firms working for UK government ‘should be subject to FOI rules’
Information commissioner Elizabeth Denham says existing transparency law is no longer fit for purpose

Jim Waterson

25, Nov, 2021 @7:19 PM

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UK legal group warns of information blackout on sewage discharges
Inquiry into more than 2,000 treatment sites prompts calls for transparency from Environment Agency

Sandra Laville

22, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Government ‘unable to locate’ note of Owen Paterson meeting with minister
Admission follows Labour motion seeking to force government to disclose details of call between MP, Lord Bethell and Randox

Jessica Elgot and Rob Evans

17, Nov, 2021 @7:06 PM

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Anger over ‘grotesque abuse’ of £600,000 case to keep Mountbatten papers secret
David Owen condemns Cabinet Office’s ‘waste of public money’ in four-year bid to stop part of archive’s release

Jon Ungoed-Thomas

07, Nov, 2021 @11:15 AM

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BBC bosses can wear what they like, broadcaster tells unimpressed viewer
FOI request complaining about ‘T-shirts, open-neck shirts, jeans and trainers’ leads to disclosure about dress code

Jim Waterson Media editor

30, Oct, 2021 @9:42 AM

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DHSC resisting release of documents on Owen Paterson meeting
Department yet to respond to 11-month-old FoI request about Tory MP’s meeting with health minister

Rob Evans and David Pegg

29, Oct, 2021 @11:15 AM

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UK government ‘waging secret war against transparency’
Cabinet Office denies it is blocking freedom of information requests despite ‘downward’ trend

Rob Evans

24, Oct, 2021 @11:01 PM

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UK government ordered to reveal firms awarded ‘VIP’ Covid contracts
Information commissioner says Department of Health has breached FoI Act by failing to disclose names

David Conn

18, Oct, 2021 @6:39 PM

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Coronavirus report warned of impact on UK four years before pandemic
Exclusive: Report from planning exercise in 2016 alerted government of need to stockpile PPE and set up contact tracing system

Robert Booth Social affairs correspondent

07, Oct, 2021 @7:32 PM

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Ministers urged to stop ‘hiding from scrutiny’ by blocking FoI requests
Six departments spent total of at least £500k in four years trying to block requests, openDemocracy finds

Ben Quinn

21, Sep, 2021 @4:00 PM

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The Afghanistan Papers review: superb exposé of a war built on lies
Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post used freedom of information to produce the definitive US version of the war

Julian Borger

05, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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