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QUANGO SECRECY TO END UNDER GOVERNMENT PLANS

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More than 1,000 public organisations, including quangos, advisory bodies and tribunals will be forced to open up th...
More than 1,000 public organisations, including quangos, advisory bodies and tribunals will be forced to open up their files to the public under the first move to implement the government's freedom of information initiative.

The Guardian (p2) reports that some of the bodies forced to accept the changes to be approved by Cabinet include the Environment Agency, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Millennium Commission, the Legal Aid Board, Further and Higher Education Council, the Funding Agency for Schools, the Football Licensing Authority, the Sports Councils and the Gaming Board.

Advisory bodies affected by the change include the Expert Advisory Group on Aids, the Law Commission and a range of scientific bodies such as Particle, Physics and Astronomy Research Council.

Quasi-commercial bodies include the Welsh Development Agency, Scottish Enterprise and the Meat and Livestock Commission.
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