Policy Council rejects call for FoI watchdog at this stage

THE Policy Council has rejected calls for an independent panel to oversee the new freedom of information regime at this stage.

THE Policy Council has rejected calls for an independent panel to oversee the new freedom of information regime at this stage.

Deputy Chris Green, pictured, had raised a concern that its proposed code of practice, which would see deputies sign up to the presumption of disclosure, did not include independent scrutiny of decisions to withhold information.

Chief Minister Peter Harwood responded, in a letter to all deputies yesterday, that the proposed code – to be debated this month – was the starting point on which a ‘culture of openness’ would be built.

‘The Policy Council remains of the view the current proposals are a proportionate and constructive first stage in this process,’ he said.

‘They provide the strongest model with which to build the culture of openness throughout the States of Guernsey and to enable the evolution of a sustainable and efficient regime.'

Comments for: "Policy Council rejects call for FoI watchdog at this stage"

Crispin

In other words the states will waste more time and money, and nothing will change.

Sam

Just about sums up the States, they all came in promising openness and transparency and have done nothing.

This new move is smokescreen and mirrors and no one will get any more information from them than they did before. Deputy Chris Green is 100% right, unless you have an independent arbitrator, the scheme is a waste of time.

Guernsey is laughable when it comes to openness and transparency and every time a States member tries to be more open and transparent he gets his knuckles rapped.

Heaven forbid that information gets out that shows someone has done something wrong and has to take responsibility for it.

bob

We need an overhaul of the whole deputy system, paid deputies encourages career politicains who care more for their own welfare than the community, we should go back to unpaid deputies. We need to find a way of weeding out the dross that nows stands for election.

James Collings

Sam is absolutely right.

They become a judge in their own cause.

What is the point of FoI without recourse to outside oversight? It will become a 'freedom' only of non-contentious information. No changes.

Sue

Like the one who went off playing bowls when probably one of the most important debates was taking place, the population debate, only in it for the money.