The 1st January 2015 marked 10 years since the Freedom of Information Act was implemented in the UK.
It has been a piece of legislation that has provoked strong feelings from those in power to journalists and users of the Act.
Here is a selection of quotes showing how the Act has been useful since it came into force.
The Justice Select Committee’s review of the Act said:
Government response to Justice Select Committee’s review of the Act (p.7):
Tony Blair, 2010:
Dr Ben Worthy, 2014:
Maurice Frankel, Campaign for Freedom of Information, said:
Financial Times, 2012:
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, 2011:
Gordon Brown, 2007:
Index on Censorship, 2012:
The Guardian, 2012:
Paul Gibbons, FOI Man, 2012: