Hardly fills one with confidence about the NIR, does it?
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/legal/ ... ory=647398
Six months after the public was first granted the right to know, almost 1,000 complaints concerning failure to disclose material are being investigated by the freedom of information watchdog, Richard Thomas.
His findings, some of which will be published next month, are expected to be critical of ministers' reliance on sharp practices to delay or avoid releasing sensitive information. Mr Thomas said yesterday that during his enquiries he had been granted access to secret government files and material deliberately held back by ministers under the exemptions set out in the act.
Many government departments are known to have lost requests or failed to comply with deadlines for answering enquiries.