Disclose ID Card gateway reports government told.

The government has been ordered
to disclose confidential reports into the viability of its £5.8bn ID card
programme.

 

In a
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. 

The
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.

The case
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
circumstances.

 

NuLab –
Destroying Britian from the inside out.

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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