Civil servants’ reading list grows

A whopping 184 submissions arrived on the desks of Government in response to the consultation on changing the Freedom of Information Act. That’s a lot of civil servant reading and ‘thinking’ time. Can we now add this cost to the total amount wasted by politicians in their attempt to undo a law they implemented just two years ago?

Vera Baird, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, stated that a summary of the responses will be published online soon. When asked when the final regulations would be laid before Parliament she said: “We will analyse the responses to the consultation exercise before considering laying regulations.”

So no date yet then.

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