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BBC Westminster Hour: What information should the government release?

2 April 2012

The Information Tribunal has now ruled that the controversial NHS risk register should be published, despite an appeal from the government to keep it private. The issue opens up the wider debate over what kind of information the government should release. Robert Hazell discusses whether the introduction of Freedom of Information had a chilling effect on Whitehall and if the government should be free to conduct their business in privacy.

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