Lawyers criticise implementation of EC access to information rules

UK regulations which implemented the 1990 EC Directive on public access to environmental information "improperly" created too many exemptions from disclosure, according to evidence submitted by the UK Environmental Law Association (UKELA) to the opening session of an inquiry by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Communities on 27 March. UKELA also wants the scope of the legislation to be clarified by a list of public bodies to which it applies, as well as an appeals mechanism to provide a cheaper and faster means of redress against refusals to disclose information than judicial review.

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