Wednesday, 5 December 2007

Freedom of Information: Pitfalls of Open Government

As the South Wales Echo reports: WHAT WE’VE UNCOVERED THANKS TO FoI

ERRORS Huge number of defects discovered in the first 12 months of the Senedd’s opening.

GRAVY TRAIN Hospitality spending by the former Welsh Development Agency rocketed by a staggering 67 per cent in five years.

JUNKETS A breakdown of the near- £200,000 bill run up by Welsh Assembly Government at the Ryder Cup in Ireland in 2006.

SENEDD AMs had run up a tea and refreshments debt of £2,000.

FOOD AND DRINK Last year we revealed that visitors would have to pay three times more than AMs for refreshments at the Senedd.

Update: WAG puts a price cap on inquiries - They must be fed up with all those requests from the Western Mail and South Wales Echo that are made on our behalf.

4 comments:

Anonymous 5 December 2007 at 17:59  

Why does the Western Mail and South Wales Echo hate the Assembly so much?

Miss Wagstaff 6 December 2007 at 10:46  

WAG puts a price cap on inquiries - They must be fed up with all those requests from the Western Mail and South Wales Echo that are made on our behalf.

Anonymous 6 December 2007 at 17:58  

Yes theres a lot of waste in the ASssembly and a whole tranche of middle rank managers should be sacked as superfluois to requirements. But thats a general problem throughout the British civil service. Look at Defra, the Home Office, MOD etc if you want to see inefficancy and waste on a grand scale.

The Assmbly's achievements are all its own, its failings are the failures of the British civil service as a whole.

Keep exposing the failures by all means but really the fault lies with the British mentality so many at the Assembly still show.

Anonymous 7 December 2007 at 10:03  

"The Assmbly's achievements are all its own, its failings are the failures of the British civil service as a whole." What a load of twaddle.

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