Archive for the 'government departments' Category

Government loses abortion battle – BBC News

“The Department of Health has lost a court battle to keep secret some details on abortion statistics.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ruling on late abortion figures challenged in court – Daily Telegraph

“The Department of Health is making a High Court challenge today to stop figures being published on the number of late abortions on ‘less than perfect’ foetuses with physical abnormalities, including cleft palate and club foot.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 18th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Kenyans sue UK for alleged colonial human rights abuses – The Guardian

“Highly embarrassing colonial-era files detailing the British army’s repressive tactics against Mau Mau insurgents in Kenya during the 1950s will be revealed in a landmark compensation case.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal aid cuts: penny-wise and pound-foolish – The Guardian

“Cutting funds for the poor and vulnerable to defend their rights will simply push the costs on to other government departments.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Foreign Office issues guidance on torture – Daily Telegraph

“The Foreign office has issued guidance to all its staff for the first time on how to spot signs of torture.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Opening up public bodies to public scrutiny – Ministry of Justice

“New plans to extend the scope of the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) to open up government and other bodies to public scrutiny, were unveiled by the Ministry of Justice today.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 7th January 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

George Osborne to be investigated by watchdog over cuts – The Guardian

“Equality commission set to launch formal assessment into the Treasury’s conduct prior to last month’s spending review.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government publishes open data licence – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government has published the details of a licence which allows the re-use of public and Government information on a perpetual, royalty-free basis regardless of any copyright or database rights that exist in the material.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 7th October 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Tribunal orders Government department to release IT contract details – OUT-LAW.com

“The Information Tribunal has ordered a Government department to publish most of the till-now withheld details of a major IT contract after ruling that the public interest was served better by disclosure than secrecy.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 24th September 2010

Source: www.out-law.com

Solicitor General: speech to the ALBA summer conference – Attorney General’s Office

“New Solicitor General Edward Garnier QC MP addresses the Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association about the role of the Law Officers.”

Full speech

Attorney General’s Office, 17th July 2010

Soruce: www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk

Budget cut of 25% will ‘deny justice’, warns Crown Prosecution Service – The Guardian

“The Crown Prosecution Service has told the attorney general’s office its 25% budget cut will ‘damage frontline services’ and ‘delay and possibly deny justice’, according to a copy of its draft submission to the Treasury, which the Guardian has seen.”

Full story

The Guardian, 14th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Prime Minister to launch Ministry of Justice reform priorities – Ministry of Justice

“The Prime Minister joined Kenneth Clarke in asking the public to hold the Ministry of Justice to account through a list of departmental priorities launched today. The Structural Reform Plan (SRP) sets out clear priorities and transparent milestones for every department across Government, allowing the public to check whether commitments are met.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 13th July 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Food Standards Agency to be abolished by health secretary – The Guardian

“The Food Standards Agency is to be abolished by Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, it emerged last night, after the watchdog fought a running battle with industry over the introduction of colour-coded ‘traffic light’ warnings for groceries, TV dinners and snacks.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Top law officers to be stripped of policy making roles, says Dominic Grieve – The Guardian

“The attorney general has delivered a stinging attack on the former government, saying it ‘lured’ law officers into a policy-making role.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government accused of declaring war on unions over strike law and redundancy plans – The Guardian

“The government was today (5 July) accused of declaring war on trade unions as ministers moved to cut the redundancy terms of public sector workers and reports emerged of plans to tighten up the law on strike ballots.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office advice to gay asylum seekers criticised – BBC News

“The Home Office has been accused of telling gay and lesbian asylum seekers to avoid persecution back home by keeping their sexuality secret.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P: Government lawyer apologises for handling of Sharon Shoesmith court case – Daily Telegraph

“The head of the Government’s legal team has apologised for failings in the preparation of a high-profile court case involving Sharon Shoesmith, the council chief blamed for the Baby P scandal.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th June 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

One in four FOI requests turned down by public bodies – Daily Telegraph

“Almost one in four Freedom of Information requests are being turned down by Government departments and public bodies, and the trend is getting worse.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Protocol between Lord Chancellor and Law Commission – Ministry of Justice

“The Lord Chancellor and the Law Commission for England and Wales have agreed a statutory protocol governing how Government departments and the Law Commission should work together on law reform projects.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 29th March 2010

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Justice and Home Office: Hundreds of staff to be relocated from capital – The Independent

“Hundreds of civil servants working in the courts and justice system are to lose their jobs or face relocation after Jack Straw announced the abolition of a third of his department’s agencies.”

Full story

The Independent, 25th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Freedom of information – update on recent FoI cases – Law Society’s Gazette

“The recent controversy over bonuses paid to civil servants employed by the Ministry of Defence highlights the public interest in salaries and bonuses of public sector officials.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th December 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Slaughter may lose its legal stranglehold on banking – The Times

“Slaughter and May could lose its crown as the Government’s preferred legal adviser on the banking crisis. In the biggest legal shake-up since the bank bailouts started two years ago, the Treasury is asking other firms to tender for the business.”

Full story

The Times, 29th October 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

MoJ admits personal data breaches – Law Society’s Gazette

“Nearly 2,000 people have had personal information about themselves lost by the Ministry of Justice over the past year, in a series of incidents listed in the department’s accounts, published last week.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th September 2009

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Government surveillance response ‘inadequate’, say Lords – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government’s response to a Parliamentary report on the monitoring and legislation surrounding surveillance is ‘inadequate’ and it has ‘paid insufficient attention’ to the report’s recommendations, a follow up report has said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 22nd June 2009

Source: www.out-law.com</a

Royal secrets withheld under revised information rules – Independent on Sunday

“Members of the public and journalists will be banned from seeing the contents of secret documents on the Cabinet and Royal Family under measures quietly announced by Gordon Brown last week.”

Full story

Independent on Sunday, 14th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Are government databases excessive? – The Times

“A report finds almost a quarter of major databases are illegal. Is the data storage disproportionate?”

Full story

The Times, 27th March 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

The Big Question: Are there illegal government databases and what can we do about it? – The Independent

“The Big Question: Are there illegal government databases and what can we do about it?.”

Full story

The Independent, 24th March 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

ICO strengthens criticism of Government data sharing – OUT-LAW.com

“The Government’s controversial plans to share personal data between departments and with the private sector are ‘too wide’ and the safeguards ‘weak’ according to privacy watchdog the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 18th February 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Whistleblower launches legal action against Foreign Office – The Guardian

“The Foreign Office faces further scrutiny over controversial aspects of its ‘dangerous’ counter-terrorism policy after a sacked whistleblower yesterday announced that he was beginning legal proceedings against it.”

Full story

The Guardian, 19th February 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office guilty of data breach – BBC News

“The Home Office broke data protection laws when a contractor lost a memory stick with information on thousands of prisoners, a watchdog has ruled.”

Full story

BBC News, 22nd January 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government data sharing plan could extend to private sector – OUT-LAW.com

“A Government plan to allow more extensive sharing of personal data is not restricted to the public sector and could result in Government-collected information being shared with private companies, a privacy expert has said.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 16th January 2009

Source: www.out-law.com

Big Brother database a ‘terrifying’ assault on traditional freedoms – The Independent

“Sweeping new powers allowing personal information about every citizen to be handed over to government agencies faced condemnation yesterday amid warnings that Britain is experiencing the greatest threats to civil rights for decades.”

Full story

The Independent, 15th January 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Government failed to clamp down on data loss – Daily Telegraph

“Government departments have failed to tighten data handling rules despite losing 30 million personal files in two years, it has been disclosed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Home Office reveals FOI policies – BBC News

“An email sent by mistake from the Home Office to the BBC has revealed that freedom of information requests are often first reviewed by ministers.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

New privacy row over lost data – The Guardian

“The government was embarrassed by another data-loss scandal last night when the private details of up to 12 million people were put at risk after a memory stick was found in a pub car park.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd November 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lost data official to be charged – BBC News

“The Cabinet Office official who left top-secret documents on a train in June is to be charged under the Official Secrets Act, the BBC has learned.”

Full story

BBC News, 29th September 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Home Office loses confidential data on all UK prisoners – Daily Telegraph

“The Home Office has lost confidential information on every prisoner in the country and more than 40,000 serious criminals sparking yet another Government data crisis. ”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd August 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Personal details of 4 million lost by Whitehall in just one year – Daily Telegraph

“Sensitive data for more than four million people was lost by Government departments in the past year, on top of the high profile loss of child benefit records.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph,

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Appropriation (No. 2) Act 2008

Appropriation (No. 2) Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

MoD admits loss of ‘secret’ files – BBC News

“The Ministry of Defence (MoD) admitted more than 650 laptops had been stolen over the past four years – nearly double the figure previously claimed.”

Full story

BBC News, 18th July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Fraud: Whitehall ‘doomed to lose £1bn of benefit payments every year’ – The Guardian

“The Whitehall department fighting benefit fraud and error will always lose more than £1bn of taxpayers’ cash every year to cheats and through mistakes, the civil servant running the department tells MPs in a letter published today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th July 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Muddle-through’ system blamed for loss of 25m benefit records – The Guardian

“The loss of 25m child benefit records, including bank details and sensitive personal information, was brought about by a ‘woefully inadequate system’ and was ‘entirely avoidable’, according to two reports published yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Lost child benefit records: Inquiry condemns ‘inadequate’ data handling – The Guardian

“The government was criticised today for the ‘woefully inadequate’ handling of sensitive data at HM Revenue and Customs that led to the loss of CDs holding the personal records of 25 million people.”

Full story

The Guardian, 25th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Annual report on freedom of information in central government – Ministry of Justice

“Report on the operation of the Freedom of Information Act in central government in 2007, bringing together quarterly statistics and analysing longer term trends.”

Full report

Ministry of Justice, 18th June 2008

Source; www.justice.gov.uk

Secret files on stolen Blears PC – BBC News

“A personal computer holding sensitive documents relating to defence and extremism has been stolen from Hazel Blears’ constituency office in Salford.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th June 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Smith faces Commons summons to explain secret papers blunder – The Guardian

“The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, was last night facing a Commons summons to explain how another batch of secret documents were left on a train.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th June 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Secret anti-terror documents ‘left on train’ – The Independent

“A police investigation has been launched after secret Government documents were left on a train, it was confirmed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 11th June 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Fraudsters hack into Home Office website – Daily Telegraph

“Cunning computer hackers have hijacked the Home Office crime reduction website and used it to carry out an elaborate online scam.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 8th June 2008

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Freedom of information guidance – Ministry of Justice

“The following guidance is aimed at people working in central government departments who deal with freedom of information requests. It may also be a useful reference tool for those working in other public authorities.”

Full story

Ministry of Justice, 14th May 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Freedom Of Information: Businesses must disclose what they tell ministers – The Independent

“Secret deals between industry players and politicians have long been part of government business. Now, says Robert Verkaik, Law Editor, they will be subject to scrutiny.”

Full story

The Independent, 9th May 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tax staff breach data security – BBC News

“More than 600 staff at HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have been disciplined for accessing personal or sensitive data, it has been revealed.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Judges will carry on holding ministers to account – because that’s their job – The Times

“Yesterday’s court rulings highlight the delicate relationship between the executive and the judiciary — one in which judges increasingly hold ministers to account, and find them wanting.”

Full story

The Times, 25th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Govt to sound out law firms as Catalist fails to deliver on hype – Legal Week

“The Government’s procurement arm has begun talks with all 48 firms on the Catalist legal panel, amid continued problems with the much-hyped attempt to centralise Whitehall legal spending.”

Full story

Legal Week, 24th April 2008

Source: www.legalweek.com

Information watchdog raps Government over access to data – OUT-LAW.com

“The Department of Health is not dealing with freedom of information (FOI) requests properly because of a lack of staff, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has said. The ICO has rebuked the Government department over its FOI behaviour.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 14th April 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

Internal departmental guidelines for briefing a minister – Ministry of Justice

“A request was made for a copy of the current internal departmental guidelines for briefing a minister. Below are copies of the guidelines requested. These cover submissions and briefings for the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State, other departmental ministers and the Permanent Secretary.”

Full copies of guidelines

Ministry of Justice, 28th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk


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