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Lack of raids by Serious Fraud Office questioned

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has not conducted a single raid in the last financial year, according to statistics obtained by a law firm.

Based on search warrant applications, the SFO conducted no raids for the year to 31 March, compared to 47 in the previous year.

The law firm Pinsent Masons said that, according to information obtained under a Freedom of Information request, the SFO conducted between 43 and 63 raids per financial year between 2008 and 2010

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BBC News | 28th May 2012

Energy Minister bans details of Green Deal meet with energy suppliers.

Energy Minister Greg Barker has successfully blocked the publication of details of a meeting with energy suppliers to discuss the Green Deal after arguing it was not in the “public interest”.

Publication of the official minutes of the meeting have been repeatedly blocked in Parliament and now a Freedom of Information request has also been rejected.

Opposition MPs point out that because representatives of all the ‘Big 6′ energy companies were present, the details of the meeting could not be classed as commercially sensitive as the rival firms were talking openly between themselves and Government.

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ClickGreen | 28th May 2012

Eden Project in £1.8m Cornwall Council loan row

The Eden Project is at the centre of a row over a £1.8m loan from Cornwall Council which was paid by the South West Regional Development Agency.

The agency bailed out the Eden Project in 2008 and asked for the deal to not be made public, a Freedom of Information request showed.

Devon and Cornwall Business Council said the deal appeared to be “cavalier” and called for an investigation.

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BBC News | 28th May 2012

Whitemoor Prison inmate complaints almost double since 2002

Complaints made by inmates at a high security prison in Cambridgeshire have almost doubled in eight years.

A Freedom of Information request by the BBC showed that in 2002, 1,439 complaints were made at HMP Whitemoor.

By 2010 the number had risen to 2,816 with an additional 65 complaints specifically related to diversity.

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BBC News | 28th May 2012

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