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The Hutton inquiry has little to do with freedom of information

By Robert Hazell   October 2003

The Hutton inquiry has been riveting for Whitehall watchers. It is as if we had been invited not just to peep into the secret garden of Number 10, but to walk around the offices and peer into all the filing cabinets. This has led to wishful thinking among some constitutional reformers who suggest that in 2005, when the 2000 Freedom of Information Act finally comes into force, we will be able to do precisely that.

Hutton has helped to revive the government’s promise of a civil service act, designed to draw clearer boundaries between the roles of ministers, civil servants…

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