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Posted in freedom of information, ID Cards by ukliberty on May 3, 2007

From SpyBlog:

It looks as if Spy Blog has won another round in the long running attempt to get some of the background information on the Home Office’s Identity Cards Programme, which should have been made public before the Identity Cards Act 2006 was debated in Parliament. …

SpyBlog requested, on 3 January 2005 (yes, more than two years ago)

the two pre-Stage Zero and the actual Stage Zero Gateway Reviews of the Identity Cards Programme project being run by the Home Office.

And Mark Oaten MP wrote a Parliamentary Question,

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what traffic light status was awarded to the identity cards scheme by the Office of Government Commerce at the Gateway Review 1 Stage.

Only to be told the information was exempt from the Freedom of Some Information Act.


The Tribunal orders that the disputed information is disclosed to the complainants.

However before requiring this order to be carried out we are prepared to give the parties 14 days from the date of this decision to make written submissions to us as to whether the names of the individuals listed as Reviewers and Interviewees in the disputed information should be redacted.

Once we have determined this matter we will then require the OGC to disclose the information in whatever format we determine within 14 days of that determination.

SpyBlog has commented and has a link to the judgement.


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