Isle of Man Freedom of Information bill for December

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The Isle of Man government intends to introduce a Freedom of Information (FOI) bill by the end of year, the chief minister has confirmed.

If passed, the bill will strengthen the public's rights to access government and local authorities' files.

The Freedom of Information Act was introduced in the UK in 2005.

In July's Tynwald, Allan Bell said: "The date is largely dependant on officers being able to devote the time to finish preparing the bill."

He added: "In the meantime there is a very good code of practice on access to information and all areas of government."

It is thought that Jersey's Freedom of Information law should be in force by 2015 after politicians formally voted it in during 2011.

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