Whitehall plans to dodge rules on access to information

Obstruction in Whitehall seems set to restrict the impact of the 1990 EC Directive on public access to environmental information, which is due to be brought into force at the end of the year. An official from the Department of the Environment (DoE) has revealed that other Departments are likely to block requests for not only their own information but industrial data claimed to be commercially confidential.

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