UK Information Commissioner welcomes the FOI Act

The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, says his office will be "independent, robust and responsible" in carrying out its duties under the UK Freedom of Information Act 2000.

"The right to know signals a fundamental culture change - moving all public services away from excessive official secrecy," said Mr Thomas. "Our job is to be the referee if a request for information has been refused. Our independence means that we can be robust in ensuring that information is released where the new law requires. This involves a presumption in favour of disclosure."

Information Commissioner welcomes new information rights (UK Information Commissioner's website, 1st January 2005, pdf format)