The government has been ordered
to disclose confidential reports into the viability of its £5.8bn ID card
precedent-setting case, the Information Tribunal has dismissed an appeal by the
Office of Government Commerce (OGC), ordering it to publish its Gateway
reviews of the programme.
tribunal ruled, in a 40-page decision published today, that the public interest
in disclosing the reports – which assess the business case for ID cards –
outweighed the public interest in keeping them secret.
will put pressure on the government to routinely make Gateway reviews into
government IT projects available to the public.
The tribunal criticised the OGC for developing a Gateway
review system that operates on the apparent assumption that there was little or
no risk that the results would be made public. (source).
All we need
to do now is get the Government to comply with the law and publish the second
considerably delayed report, into the costs of the government’s ID card scheme.
The report was originally due out on 30 March, but has been conveniently
shelved until after Blair announces he is going. The costs are thought to be so
astronomical that the plans would be called into deep question in normal
Destroying Britian from the inside out.