The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

I think a part of the reason -- when future policy-makers require good research and advice, a body that becomes professional and skilled at dealing with notions of privacy I think is going to be useful to us, and can also actually help the press. I mean, the ICO -- I mean, I very strongly feel that the press deserve a more powerful Freedom of Information Act so that they can identify where politicians are failing to give them proper information, and one of the things that your Inquiry has yielded, by way of example on that, we managed to map out the relations -- the number of meetings between politicians and executives of newspaper groups, partly as a result of the Freedom of Information Act, but it took the 30-year Cabinet papers rule to know about the Rupert Murdoch with Margaret Thatcher in 1981. Had we had the Freedom of Information Act in 1981, we would have known in 1982 that that meeting took place and public policy would have been better served by that.

The Freedom of Information Act is flawed in many ways. There is a ministerial veto that I would remove, and there is also -- there isn't a statutory obligation to handle internal appeals in a timely manner.

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