Ministers warn of high cost of Freedom law
Saturday 30th April 2011, 2:58PM BST.
MINISTERS say that the cost of a law fighting government secrecy will run into many millions of pounds.
In the run-up to Tuesday’s debate on the new Freedom of Information Law, the Council of Ministers has published a report putting the cost of implementing the legislation at a minimum of £5.6m, followed by running costs of £1.3m per year.
They say that while they ‘fully support the principles of openness, transparency and access to information’, there is no provision for the spending in the Draft Business Plan setting out proposals for spending in 2012.