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dc.contributor.authorOffice of the Information Commissioner*
dc.date.accessioned2013-07-24T07:58:26Z
dc.date.available2013-07-24T07:58:26Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.identifier.issn16490479
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/296940
dc.descriptionI am pleased to introduce my ninth Annual Report as Information Commissioner. My Report covers the period from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2011. Last year, in my 2010 Report, I raised concern about the number of important public bodies, such as the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) and the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) which do not come within the remit of the FOI Act. I indicated in that Report that I welcomed the commitment relating to freedom of information contained in the Programme for Government, Government for National Recovery 2011 – 2016 to restore the Freedom of Information Act to what it was before the 2003 amendments and to extend its remit to other public bodies. I am pleased to report, that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is currently working on the arrangements necessary to give effect to the commitments in the Programme for Government in relation to FOI. The amendment of the FOI Act in 2003 represented a step back from the commitment to openness, transparency and accountability which was the key factor in the enactment of the 1997 FOI Act. Many of the amendments made limited the potential for public access to records relating to Government actions. For example, the potential right of access to records of Government was pushed back to records which are ten years old as opposed to five years as envisaged in the original Act. Another example is that communications between Ministers relating to a matter before Government are now fully protected, whereas previously, these records were potentially releasable provided they did not reveal a statement made at a Government meeting. I was also pleased to have been given the opportunity to provide suggestions for future amendments based on my experience of conducting reviews on requests relating to a wide range of public services. Foremost in mind when making my suggestions was the purpose of the Act as expressed in the Long Title: “An Act to enable members of the public to obtain access, to the greatest extent possible…….to information in the possession of public bodies….”en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherOffice of the Information Commissioneren_GB
dc.subjectCOMMUNITY INFORMATION AND ADVICE SERVICEen_GB
dc.subjectPUBLIC SECTORen_GB
dc.titleInformation Commissioner – annual report 2011en_GB
dc.title.alternativeOffice of the Information Commissioner annual report 2011en_GB
dc.typeReporten
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