CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS News Release (033/07) issued by The
Government News Network on 29 March 2007
There is to be a
further opportunity to comment on the proposals to amend the
Freedom of Information (FoI) fee regulations, the Department for
Constitutional Affairs (DCA) announced today.
Following a consultation on 14 December 2006, the Government is
issuing a supplementary paper to consult on the principle of
amending the 2004 regulations, specifically on whether they should
be amended to deal with requests that impose a disproportionate
burden on public authority resources. Further comments on the
draft regulations contained in the consultation paper of 14
December 2006 have also been welcomed.
The supplementary paper is aimed at members of the public, public
authorities, the media and campaign groups with an interest in the
Information Rights Minister Baroness Catherine Ashton said:
"The Freedom of Information Act has benefited the public
enormously. We must continue to build on its success.
"It is entirely right a reasonable amount of money and time
is spent dealing with requests for information. But public money
is limited and it is the Government's responsibility to
ensure it is not unduly diverted from supporting the delivery of
"We would like to hear all views and ensure people have the
opportunity to comment fully, so we have today published a
supplementary paper on the consultation, inviting further comments."
An independent review of the impact of the FOI Act, commissioned
by the DCA and published on 16 October last year found a small
percentage of requests and requestors were placing
disproportionately large burdens on public authority resources.
The supplementary paper is published today. Responses are invited
by 21 June 2007.
Notes to Editors
1. The consultation paper can be found on the DCA website at: http://www.dca.gov.uk/consult/dpr2007/cp2806.htm.
2. The independent review of the impact of the FoI Act, published
on 16 October 2006, is available at: http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/reference/constitutionalAffairsCommittee.htm.
3. Further information about freedom of information can be found
4. The Freedom of Information Act was passed on 30 November 2000
and covers over 100,000 public authorities.
5. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 applies to the UK
Government and to public authorities in England, Wales and
Northern Ireland. See the Scottish Executive website for the
Freedom of Information Act Scotland 2002: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Government/FOI.
6. For media inquiries contact Sandra Smith Hughes, DCA Press
Office, on 020 7210.