Should Ministers be exempt from the FoI bill?
I don’t think so. In fact, they should introduce a “Lack Of Freedom” bill just for ministers in which every single second of their ‘work’ life is open to public scrutiny.
If you take Public Office then you were put their by the public and therefore you should be accountable to the public.
Yet another petition at the UK Petitions website, but this time it makes sense.
Visit the site above and add your weight to a very important petition.
We’ll have Ministers doing a “pleading the 5th” before too long. In fact, if this Bill ever gets passed into law, they should just go the whole hog and introduce the US Constitution.
The FOI gives you the right to ask any public body for all the information they have on any subject you choose. Also, unless there’s a good reason, the organisation must provide the information within a month. You can also ask for all the personal information they hold on you.
Scotland has its own Freedom of Information Act, which is very similar to the England, Wales and Northern Ireland Act. If the public authority you want to make a request to operates only in Scotland then your request will be handled under the Scottish Act instead.