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©2014 BuzzmarK Entertainment Freedom of Information Act 2000
©2014 BuzzmarK Entertainment In 2000 the UK Government introduced the Freedom of Information Act 2000 2000 CHAPTER 36 “An Act to make provision for the disclosure of information held by public authorities or by persons providing services for them and to amend the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Public Records Act 1958; and for connected purposes.” Since that time the Act has been used (some say abused) by organisations and individuals across the country to request information on subjects as diverse as the treatment of terrorist suspects to the cost of keeping ornamental plants in Portcullis House. The information is then often either discarded as of no interest to the Public or distorted by some organisation with their own agenda. The resultant costs to public bodies must by definition be provided from the public purse (i.e. you and me) often for no more purpose that the generation of salacious tittle tattle.
©2014 BuzzmarK Entertainment By channelling the more pressing questions through this programme we are able to: Ascertain what people actually want to know about. Provide responses in an unbiased, apolitical and fair way. Provide a public repository (via a website) of the questions asked and responses provided. Reduce the overhead to the public purse by amalgamating requests from multiple sources. Provide a live debate on current affairs, public secrecy and civil freedoms. The programme also pays tribute to Rudyard Kipling by quoting from the 1902 poem The Elephant’s Child: I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When And How and Where and Who. I send them over land and sea, I send them east and west; But after they have worked for me, I give them all a rest. This serves to indicate that the search for information was as alive in 1902 as it is today.
©2014 BuzzmarK Entertainment Initially the programme calculates it’s own questions such as: How many people immigrated to UK in 2013? Where did they come from and Why? How many people emigrated from UK in 2013? What Countries did they go to? Who are the highest paid Public Officials (including state owned Banks) and that means annual take-home including bonuses and benefits, not just salary? Why does it always seem that all Government Sponsored projects (railways, MOD vehicles, IT Systems, roads etc.) always exceed the initial quote by massive amounts, yet nobody gets penalised, even if the projects are scrapped? When are decisions made in European Parliament that affect the lives of Britons and What can the general public do to influence these decrees? Apart from the terrible loss of British lives, What is the cost of the wars in each of Former Yugoslavia, Iraq and Afghanistan? What is the annual cost of new cars to the various Police forces across the country? What are the processes for deciding which models are bought?
©2014 BuzzmarK Entertainment As awareness of the programme rises the most popular questions will be announced at some point during the show as a league table. Q1) 200 people asked ……… Q2) 189 people asked ……… Q3) 141 people asked ……… Depending on the complexity of the subject the top three or four questions will be debated on the programme, but the partner website may contain a more comprehensive list of responses. The website will also be a vehicle for letting the Public ask for FOIA requests. Only those deemed pertinent will be processed by the programme. FOI Requests can be for: Government Departments Local Councils Schools, Colleges, and Universities Health Trusts, Hospitals, and Doctors Surgeries Publicly funded Museums The Police Non-Departmental Public Bodies, Committees and Advisory Bodies The House of Commons The House of Lords Northern Ireland Assembly Welsh Assembly Armed Forces except Special Forces and GCHQ
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