The Independent Commission on FOI – Update

Did we all make submissions to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information last week? It sounds as though many of you did. Lord Burns, Chair of the Commission, has announced that they received some 30,000 responses to their consultation. Not surprisingly, reading those and thinking about them is something the Commission does not now feel it can do before Christmas. Indeed, Lord Burns has announced he will call oral evidence from some respondents on 20 and 25 January 2016, and the Commission will write their report after that. Hopefully this is a sign that the Commission wants its work to be evidence-based. We wait to see who the lucky individuals are who have been invited to the oral evidence party.

The announcement is here.

Christopher Knight