Agency in rearguard action against openness

The Countryside Commission became the second environmental quango to open up its board meetings and papers to the public in February. But the Environment Agency's response to a consultation paper on quangos gives no sign that it intends to follow suit.

The consultation paper was issued by the Office of Public Service last November. It proposed that quangos should "where practicable" hold their meetings in public. It also proposed that they should make "full use" of the discretion available under an official code of practice to publish as much information as possible - including, expressly, minutes of meetings - ahead of the forthcoming Freedom of Information Act.

The Scottish Environmen

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