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Monday, 21 March 2011
"Promises, Promises - If Approved??? - Won't Hold My Breath Then"
Privileges Chairman Juliette Gallichan
MORE than ten years after the issue was first raised, Islanders are within just a few steps of having access to a Freedom of Information Law.
The draft document has been lodged with the States and will be debated later this year.
If approved, it will bring a close to more than a decade of work and campaigning by politicians and the media.
The law is intended to replace Jersey’s code of practice on freedom of information and give the public the legal right to obtain information from all States departments and authorities.
Several politicians have been involved in drafting the law, versions of which are in place in more than 50 countries, since the Privileges and Procedures Committee was first asked to look into it in 2003.
Its current chairman, Juliette Gallichan, the Constable of St Mary, said that she was satisfied to have finally lodged the draft paper.