Monday, 29 June 2009

Freedom of Information

I thought I would add my views to the controversy over MPs’ expenses, following recent publication of the official details. This followed on from the extensive leaking of information by the “Daily Telegraph”. The official information was made following requests under the Freedom of Information Act, after lengthy resistance by MPs over several years. I am annoyed that the “Daily Telegraph” has largely used the expenses detail against the Labour Party, and in favour of the Conservatives. Being outside the public sector, the “Daily Telegraph” is exempt from Freedom of Information, and has not had to disclose how much, and to whom, it paid for the leaked detail about MPs’ expenses. Should somebody from the “Torygraph” be made to appear before a House of Commons committee to explain?