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No review

Martin Rosenbaum | 11:46 UK time, Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Once upon a time - well, around the time freedom of information was coming into force back in 2005 - ministers said they would soon review the question of which additional bodies should also be made subject to FOI. It was expected to be done within a matter of months.

FOI in the UK is wide-ranging, applying to over 100,000 public bodies. The current legal dividing line between bodies within the ambit of FOI and those outside it leaves numerous apparent anomalies - for example, neither regional assemblies or academy schools are covered by the FOI law.

However the task of reviewing this still doesn't seem to have made it to the top of anyone's 'To do' list. In a parliamentary answer last week, the government stated it has 'no plans to review the coverage of the Act at present'.

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