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Ministers told tram chiefs: Don’t tell us what you’re doing with our £500 million.

Ministers told tram chiefs: Don’t tell us what you’re doing with our £500 million.

MINISTERS were so anxious to distance themselves from the trams that they told council chiefs: don’t tell us what you’re doing with our £500 million.

Documents released after a freedom of information request show that top officials from Scottish Government agency Transport Scotland repeatedly told bosses at TIE they did not want to see the paperwork circulated for board meetings.

Transport Scotland was removed from the board of TIE in 2007, soon after the new SNP minority government was defeated in its bid to scrap the trams. Finance Secretary John Swinney said he would fund the project to the £500m agreed, but not a penny more.

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The Scotsman | 10 July 2012

MPs question role of ICO after Google staff move

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has come under fire from MPs after last week’s revelations that a former senior member at the watchdog during the Google Street View Wi-Fi sniffing probe now works for the firm.

The incident came to light last week when a Freedom of Information (FoI) request revealed that Stephen McCartney, former strategic liaison group manager for government and society at the ICO, is now privacy policy manager at Google.

Conservative MP Robert Halfon tabled a motion in the House of Commons calling for the government to investigate whether the ICO is “fit for purpose” and if “the public can continue to have confidence in the ICO”

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Dan Worth | V3 | July 10th 2012

Number of speed cameras increases

The number of speed cameras on English roads has increased over the last two years despite funding cuts, the RAC Foundation has found.

Figures gathered by the Foundation via Freedom of Information requests reveal that there are now more fixed speed cameras than in 2010, but the number that take pictures has dropped from 529 to 487.

Only 10 of the 32 administrative bodies that responded to the FOI request and use fixed speed cameras have the same number of cameras as two-year-ago, and just two areas – Avon & Somerset and Wiltshire & Swindon – have switched all their cameras off.

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RAC | July 10th 2012

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