UK Liberty

Just publish it, what have they got to hide?

Posted in freedom of information, ID Cards by ukliberty on February 20, 2009

The Telegraph:

A Government review in to the viability of the ID cards programme must be published after a four year battle to keep it secret.

The so-called Gateway Review, a Whitehall audit, is believed to be critical about the affordability of the £4.7bn scheme [of course that isn’t the final cost] and how well it can work.

It was drawn up in 2003 and 2004 but the Government rejected a request under Freedom of Information, first made in January 2005, to publish it.

In 2006, the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, ordered the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) to release the documents but the case was taken to the Information Tribunal and then the High Court which sent it back to the Information Tribunal for reconsideration.

In a ruling yesterday, the Tribunal said the Government must publish or lodge an appeal within 28 days. …

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