Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Justice Select Committee, chaired by Sir Alan Beith, launched a call for written evidence for its post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act. The inquiry was informed by the Ministry of Justice’s memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act which can be found at: (PDF)

The Committee invited written evidence on the issues set out below (although respondents were welcome to address additional issues):

  • Does the Freedom of Information Act work effectively?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Freedom of Information Act?
  • Is the Freedom of Information Act operating in the way that it was intended to?



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