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Martin Rosenbaum | 14:29 UK time, Thursday, 18 May 2006

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  • 1.
  • At 11:44 PM on 16 Oct 2006,
  • mark kaye wrote:

I would like to know the cost so far, to the license fee payer, of the continuing reticence of the BBC to issue the Balen Report to the media.

  • 2.
  • At 06:19 PM on 17 Oct 2006,
  • Martin Rosenbaum wrote:

Mark -

I don't know the answer. If you want to find out, I recommend you visit this page - - which explains how you can best make an FOI request to the BBC.

  • 3.
  • At 06:10 PM on 25 Jan 2007,
  • martin mann wrote:

The FOI Bill is alarming, for very obvious reasons. Just another example of erosion of the principle, or something more sinister? It might not be the latter, but should the bill or something like it become law it will likely be possible, as with other recent laws, in particular anti-terrorism laws, to use it to both the public and private individuals' detriment.

  • 4.
  • At 05:27 PM on 19 May 2007,
  • Stephen Brabbins wrote:

This week's (w/e 19 May, 2007) Commons vote to exempt MPs from the Freedom of Information Act has to be the most shameful and destructive example of how Parliamentary democracy should NOT work.

Please can somebody point us to a Website where we may register our alarm and opposition to this insanity?

Or is it true that 'some are more equal than others' after all?

  • 5.
  • At 12:36 PM on 18 Sep 2007,
  • Stuart Moore wrote:

My local council pays the traveling to work expenses for some of it's employees, seeing as I'm the one paying for these travel expenses I asked my local council for the figures which showed how much of my money they had spent paying for this expensive concession. They wrote back informing me that it would take one person a week to collate that information which would cost more than the £450 threshold, so it would seem that information is free if your willing to pay for it.
The local council involved "The isles of Scilly"

  • 6.
  • At 05:21 PM on 21 Sep 2007,
  • Eric Topping wrote:

Do MPs escape tax on expenses they claim without receipts being required?
Does the Inland Revenue check on the validity of expenses,given the fact they are normally tax free,which means they can not only obtain illegal expenses but escape 40% tax on them as well!

  • 7.
  • At 08:10 PM on 27 Mar 2008,
  • Arthur Nicholls wrote:

The ongoing saga of stopping the publishing of MPs expenses "allowances", by Gorbals Mick (leader of the labour party mafia) and his mottly committee, by suggesting that it would put them in danger, the only danger they would be in is the loss of their seats when their constituents find out what conniving, underhanded cheats they really are.

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