MINISTERS are personally vetting thousands of controversial freedom of information requests, causing a bottleneck that is costing the taxpayer millions
Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the Lord Chancellor, is proposing a draconian crackdown on the public’s right to access information held by the State. He has claimed that the introduction of rules opening up Whitehall are clogging up government and distracting ministers.
Already 56 Opposition MPs and senior Labour backbenchers have registered opposition, including the chairmen of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committees.
MINISTERS are to perform a U-turn on their commitment to open government by seeking to reduce the amount of information released to the public.
A confidential cabinet paper reveals that 18 months after Labour introduced laws allowing free access to government documents, it wants to block “the most difficult requests”.
The move by Lord Falconer, the constitutional affairs secretary, comes after a series of disclosures under the Freedom of Information Act have embarrassed ministers.