Jersey

Deputy calls for action on freedom of information law

A Jersey politician hopes a law governing access to official information will come into force soon.

Deputy Roy le Herrisier has stepped in after a committee said it could not take responsibility for implementing Jersey's Freedom of Information law.

He is calling on the chief minister's department to draw up a plan for enforcing the new law.

The St Saviour deputy is suggesting an implementation plan be drawn up to ensure the law is "not buried".

Deputy le Herrisier told BBC Jersey: "It truly has been breath-taking the lack of enthusiasm from people in the executive and some people, it should be said, in the judiciary.

"They have gone on and on about the cost and of course they have now got renewed spirits because of the recession.

"They are putting out alarmist figures of £1m or so for implementation which are very different to the tentative figures put out by the Privileges and Procedures committee."

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