BBC opposes FOI restrictions
The government's consultation exercise on whether to amend the freedom of information regulations closes today. It now has three months to review the arguments and announce a response.
The BBC submitted its comments this week and argued against the plan to restrict FOI disclosures. In its submission, the BBC states:
Amending the regulations to restrict access to information has inevitable and important disadvantages – it would prevent valuable FOI disclosures which are in the public interest and it would risk undermining the principles of FOI. This course should only be pursued if there is an even more important need to reduce the administrative burden of FOI. We do not believe that exists. There will always be some inappropriate and burdensome FOI requests, but they do not reach the level which requires a change to the regulations.