Calls to extend Freedom of Information Law

There are calls for Jersey's Freedom of Information Law to be extended to all States-owned bodies rather than just departments.

The change would mean companies like Andium Homes could be forced to give up details of how it's run.

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Andium Homes 'committed to being open and transparent'

Construction firm Andium Homes has said that it plans to comply with the Freedom of Information Act from the start of 2015.

Under current plans, voters will be able to make a Freedom of Information request from all government departments but not States-owned bodies like Andium Homes.

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What you want to ask the States...

If a Freedom of Information Law meant you could ask the States anything about its spending, this is what you would want to know:

Will Ministers accept responsibility / accountability. When mistakes are made?

– Samuel

We need to know which States members have 'interests' in these entities so we can at least start to try and limit the corruption.

– Alex

What would happen in a case of an emergency from France's nearby nuclear plants? In the UK, anti radiation sickness tablets are issued by law to houses within 75 miles of a plant in case of emergency. Here in the Channel Islands, we are all under 25 miles away from the largest collection of nuclear waste on earth and soon to be 4 coastal reactors, yet we have no provision for an event like this. If it wasn't a danger to us, why do the French once a year have a run through of evacuation methods with the schools ect.?

– Marc

Which bodies could Freedom of Information affect?

Extending Jersey's Freedom of Information Law to all States-owned bodies rather than just departments would effect the below companies.

  • Andium Homes
  • States of Jersey development Company
  • Jersey Post
  • Jersey Telecom
  • Jersey Electricity Company
  • Jersey Water
  • all other companies wholly-owned by the States
  • all other companies in which the States hold a controlling interest as majority shareholder

Call to extend Freedom of Information law to all state-owned bodies

Deputy Carolyn Labey is calling for the forthcoming Freedom of Information law to be extended to all states-owned bodies rather than just departments.

I cannot imagine that well-run and managed States-owned and partly-owned entities would have any issue with the Freedom of Information Law being extended to them.

After all, it is the Jersey taxpayer who has funded these bodies and owns the assets they manage and administer. I therefore can see no reason whatsoever, why these entities should not disclose information that is required by those who, in effect, own them.

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– Deputy Carolyn Labey

Calls to extend Freedom of Information law

There are calls for Jersey's Freedom of Information law to be extended to all States-owned bodies rather than just departments.

The change would mean companies like Andium Homes could be forced to give up details of how it's run.

The law should come into force from the start of next year.

Freedom of information requests were introduced in the UK in 2000. They allow members of the public to request information on anything that uses public funds.

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