Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A delaying tactic?

Chris Ames on the Foreign Office's decision to appeal against the release of the 9 September draft of the 24 September dossier.

A month ago, the information commissioner ruled that a secret draft of the September 2002 dossier, produced by former Foreign Office press secretary John Williams, must be released to me. It was Jack Straw, then foreign secretary and more recently Brown's campaign manager, who wrongly blocked its release under the Freedom of Information Act. Now, his successor, Margaret Beckett, has decided to stall further with an appeal to the information tribunal which, given the strength of the commissioner's decision and recent tribunal decisions on the exemption in question, can only be a cynical delaying tactic. Of course, the Foreign Office appealed on the very last possible day....



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