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ref date:2 Oct 1998 (WBA)
Freedom of information - halted by Labour

Whilst Labour promised more open government and less secrecy, and although a draft bill opening up these doors has been drawn up, it has now been delayed. The Home office and Jack Straw say it is to refine its contents, but many suspect it is to keep the public out of information held by police and local authorities, as well as files kept by secret agencies on so called 'activists'.

There IS a case in terrorist or drug related crimes, but no others.

The Scottish parliament may well create its own law as it has jurisdiction over information in Scotland, lets see if Westminster vetos it!

Professor Alan Miller of the Scottish human rights centre said " There is nothing to prevent the Scottish parliament from giving it a higher priority than Westminster and to act more quickly".