Independent scrutiny ‘vital’ in cases of non-disclosure
Monday 15th July 2013, 5:00PM BST.
THE Policy Council will consider at its meeting today whether dealing with complaints about confidentiality in-house could undermine its proposed code of practice for access to information.
The concern was raised by Deputy Chris Green, pictured, who said there should be some independent scrutiny – perhaps overseen by a jurat – of a department’s decision whether or not to disclose information.
‘I feel independent scrutiny is crucial,’ he said. ‘The danger of producing a code of practice without including that impartial element runs the risk of undermining the whole system.’
The Policy Council’s proposed code, which would see departments sign up to a presumption of disclosure and proactive publication, will be debated at this month’s States meeting.