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Local Authorities: Disclosure of Information

Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what measures her Department has taken to ensure consistency in the fees charged for securing public sector information from local authorities in the UK; (125147)

(2) what measures her Department has taken to improve consistency in the length of time it takes applicants to secure public sector information from local authorities.

It is for each local authority to ensure that it complies with all the applicable statutory requirements about the provision of information. The Department for Communities and Local Government has no role in the enforcement and monitoring of such compliance.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) what plans her Department has to ensure that local authorities implement the recommendations of the Office of Fair Trading’s report on public sector information; (125153)

(2) what measures she plans to put in place in relation to local authorities which fail to meet the standards recommended in the Office of Fair Trading’s report on public sector information.

The Government welcome the Office of Fair Trading’s report on public sector information and is continuing to study the detail and potential impacts before responding to the recommendations. The Government plan to respond shortly after the local and devolved administrations’ elections.