Briefing papers not 'verbose' enough to be revealed
As a journalist who often makes freedom of information requests I have come across a range of reasons from public authorities for keeping documents secret.
However I have now encountered a new justification - official briefing papers that apparently cannot be shown to the public because they are too succinct and not verbose enough.
This involves documents prepared by the civil service to brief the then Labour leader Neil Kinnock if he became prime minister following the 1992 general election.
The information commissioner has just ruled that officials would react to the release of these papers by no longer writing "succinct and focused" briefings for incoming prime ministers. He has backed the government view that instead they would compose documents that are "excessively detailed" and "verbose".
I requested the material in November 2012 under the Freedom of Information Act, because I thought it could be of substantial historical interest to learn more about how the civil service prepared for the possibility of Lord Kinnock (as he now is) taking over as prime minister.
Cabinet Office blamed for 'serious shortcomings' on FOI
The Cabinet Office is supposed to be leading the government's drive towards greater openness, but today it has been criticised by the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham for "serious shortcomings" in its handling of freedom of information requests.
Mr Graham says the Cabinet Office's poor performance is "particularly disappointing" and has announced today that it will now be subject to a period of intensive monitoring by his office to ensure improvement.
Commissioner rejects case against releasing energy data
Tens of thousands of buildings across the UK which are visited by the public have to display energy efficiency certificates. The idea is to allow visitors to see the site's energy performance and provide an incentive for improvement.
But what if you want to compare the energy efficiency ratings of many different buildings to get an overall national analysis? It's far from easy to get the figures needed to do that.
Ten vascular surgeons to have safety review
Ten vascular surgeons are to have their work reviewed to investigate whether they have been performing operations at an acceptably safe level.
This follows the path-breaking publication of data on death rates for individual hospital consultants who conduct surgery on major blood vessels.
Surgeon data will lead to alerts over high death rates
When data was released last week about the death rates for individual vascular surgeons, the report from the Royal College of Surgeons stressed reassuringly that "all surgeons are performing within the range expected".
Indeed each doctor named in the document was listed with a green triangle symbol to confirm this status.
Month of birth affects chance of attending Oxbridge
The likelihood of becoming a student at Oxford or Cambridge Universities can be strongly influenced by date of birth.
Last year the chance of someone born in October becoming an Oxbridge undergraduate was more than 30% higher than for someone born in July.
Submariners punished for drunken misconduct
How serious is the problem of drunkenness and indiscipline within the Royal Navy's submarine service?
Figures obtained by the BBC show that there have been more than 300 disciplinary incidents in the past three years on the navy's 13 submarines, including 42 cases of misconduct or unfitness through alcohol or drugs.