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CLG delays under attack

Martin Rosenbaum | 11:10 UK time, Friday, 7 November 2008

A third government department has today been heavily criticised by the Information Commissioner Richard Thomas over its failings in the way it answers freedom of information requests.

The latest department under criticism is Communities and Local Government. Thomas has issued a practice recommendationdrawing attention to extreme delays in the way CLG has handled internal reviews from requesters dissatisfied with the initial response.

The Commissioner discovered four cases in which reviews had taken over 400 working days.

The two previous parts of central government whose procedures have been condemned by Thomas are the Department of Health and the National Offender Management Service, now part of the Ministry of Justice.

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