The Sakhalin case
In the first such case, the High Court yesterday dismissed a government appeal against a Tribunal ruling forcing it to reveal information.
The case involves the Export Credits Guarantee Department and its financial support for the Sakhalin II project, a huge and environmentally controversial oil and gas development in the Russian Far East.
Friends of the Earth had asked the ECGD for submissions it had received from other government departments relating to this scheme. The Information Tribunal ruled under the Environmental Information Regulations that this material should be disclosed.
The High Court has now backed the Tribunal's decision. It decided there were some flaws in the Tribunal's judgment but these were not significant enough to uphold the appeal. ECGD says that it is pleased that the judge at least agreed that the Tribunal had made some errors, but it has not yet decided whether to appeal further to the Court of Appeal or to release the information now.