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£100 PHOTOCOPY IS PRICE OF PUBLIC'S 'RIGHT TO KNOW'

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Exorbitant charges for requests of information from government departments are revealed in a survey published today...
Exorbitant charges for requests of information from government departments are revealed in a survey published today, reports The Times (p8).

Government bodies charge up to £100 for a single photocopy, effectively pricing the 'right to know' beyond the public's reach, the survey by the Campaign for Freedom of Information said.

Excessive and arbitrary charges are undermining the new 'open government' code of practice, which came into effect in April, the survey said.

The paper lists the hourly price various Whitehall departments charge for information requests.

The Public Health Laboratory charged up to £3,000 to identify local authorities reporting salmonella food poisoning incidents involving eggs.
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