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Weekly News Round-Up: Outsourcing deals, the Olympics and motoring offences

MPs seek to lift the veil on terms of Government outsourcing deals

A powerful group of MPs will today push top civil servants to agree to sweeping reforms of how Government contracts are run by the private sector following headline-grabbing

Weekly News Round-Up: Secondments, shortages and sprays

Gas industry employee seconded to draft UK’s energy policy

A major state subsidy scheme for the UK’s gas-fired power stations is being designed by an employee of a gas company working on secondment to the government, according to a document

Weekly News Round-Up: Open data, Owen Paterson and openness

Information Commissioner: ‘Open data is no substitute for freedom of information’

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has warned that the open data movement in the UK could lead to ‘open data’ becoming a substitute for ‘freedom of information’.

Speaking at the

Weekly News Round-up: Secrecy, shortages and staff wages

Foreign Office hoarding 1m historic files in secret archive

The Foreign Office has unlawfully hoarded more than a million files of historic documents that should have been declassified and handed over to the National Archives, the Guardian has discovered.

The …

Freedom of Information (Private Healthcare Companies) Bill to get second reading

There seems to be a renewed enthusiasm for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to extend to the private sector. On the Daily Politics programme last week, Labour councillor Theo Blackwell made his case for the extension, claiming that “a

Weekly News Round-Up: Scotland, court summons and the private sector

Alex Salmond accused of dishonesty over oil fund

Alex Salmond has faced Labour accusations of dishonesty after it emerged he was privately warned his flagship plan for an oil fund would require a separate Scotland to cut spending or increase …

Weekly News Round-Up: Public bodies, prisoners and pavements

Concerns over rise in Scottish FoI failures

An increasing number of public bodies are failing to respond to Freedom of Information requests, the Scottish Information Commissioner has reported.

In her annual report, Rosemary Agnew said there had been a 14% …

Weekly News Round-Up: Ministry of Defence, drones and drink-driving

MoD study sets out how to sell wars to the public

The armed forces should seek to make British involvement in future wars more palatable to the public by reducing the public profile of repatriation ceremonies for casualties, according to …

Top Tip: Who can I submit a FOIA request to?

The Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to submit requests to public authorities to access information they hold. But what are ‘public authorities’?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) covers a whole range of public authorities, some of …

Weekly News Round-Up: Civil servants, council tenants and the care system

Top civil servant Jeremy Heywood met Cuadrilla chief straight after Sussex fracking announcement

Britain’s most senior civil servant travelled hundreds of miles to attend a dinner with the Chief Executive of the fracking company Cuadrilla – just a day after …

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