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Freedom of Information Handbook (2nd edition)

ISBN: 978-1853286544

14 October 2009

There is a clear public interest in this area, as well as an interest from those in public authorities who receive freedom of information requests, journalists and campaigners who make the requests and those whose information might be disclosed as a result of such requests. The media has run many stories which arise from the information disclosed under the Act – MP’s expenses is just one of those stories.

So this handbook, which at about 370 pages is commendably compact, is an obvious place to start. The handbook contains a wealth of background and information both general and practical. It is divided into ten chapters, with a variety of contributors. It has been firmly edited to achieve a welcome coherence .

The chapters cover the background and history of this area of law, the influence of similar law in other jurisdictions, the procedure for accessing information, appealing and enforcing decisions or refusing access to information. There are good flowcharts in bo...

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