Groups hit out over access to information regime

A House of Lords inquiry into the operation of the regime established in 1992 for extending public access to environmental information has heard a string of complaints from environmental and legal groups that they are being denied information by a combination of high prices, obstructive officials, excessive exemptions and the lack of an effective appeals mechanism. Only the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has backed the Government line that the regime is satisfactory.

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