Post-Brexit procurement reform must include extension of FOI

The Campaign has responded to the government’s plans for post-Brexit public procurement urging it to extend the Freedom of Information Act to contractors providing public goods and services. 

The government’s consultation document uses the terms ‘transparent’ or ‘transparency’ no less than 64 times in its 82 pages! 

But it fails to address the most conspicuous transparency defect of all – much of the information the public might seek about public sector contracts is beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Campaign is promoting a private member’s bill to close this loophole by:

  • Bringing the very largest contractors directly under FOI in their own right. 
  • Amending the FOI Act so that information held by other public sector contractors is treated as held on a public authority’s behalf and accessible via a FOI request to the authority. 

Many national FOI laws around the world already cover contractors delivering public services, including those of Australia, Bangladesh, Estonia, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad & Tobago and Ukraine. 

Over 71,000 people have already signed our petition calling for the FOI Act to be extended to public sector contractors. Add your voice to them by signing and sharing our petition if you haven’t already done so. 

Read our detailed response here

Many thanks,

Katherine Gundersen

Campaign for Freedom of Information