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Friday, October 26, 2007

UK PM commits to more open government

Is this catching?

UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown in a broad ranging speech touching on human rights issues, has announced the Government will not proceed with plans to increase fees for Freedom of Information applications. He has also appointed the Editor of the Daily Mail to chair a three person panel to investigate the relaxation of the 30 year rule.

Brown undertook to make government more open and to widen access to information "because government belongs to the people not the politicians". As one of the UK experts notes "we haven't heard that rhetoric" for quite some time.

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