Promised deadline for PATI looms
Public access to information (PATI) law has a matter of weeks to become operational, according to Governments promise to have in place by the years end.
However, former Premier Alex Scott, who first pledged to bring in PATI procedure back in 2003, advised that putting the information up in computer-accessible form could be presenting a challenge.
Im guessing they are doing it digitally, Mr Scott told The Royal Gazette, adding: I dont know what may have overtaken the process in my absence.
Addressing the House of Assembly in March, Premier Paula Cox reiterated a 2011 promise to have the legislation — which was passed by Parliament in 2010 — up and running by the close of 2012.
I knew it was going to take time, but I had hoped that it would be up and running, Mr Scott said.
I look to the day when its operational. It will be an important benchmark, just as the letters in its name indicate — public access is fundamental.
My view was, and Governments view is, that Government is the keeper of records and archives in the public interest. This will put the information in the hands of those for whom it is intended.
With legislative hurdles out of the way, Mr Scott speculated that the remaining task is the clerical exercise of preparing the information.
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