The Telegraph report:

Lord McNally, Liberal Democrat justice minister, wants to make the rail operator, which is owned by the taxpayer, subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. He submitted proposals to other ministers in the Coalition in a so-called “write-around” two weeks ago.

Lord McNally said he was also considering including water companies in the plans, to make them more democratically accountable.

The plans had been held up by nervousness in Whitehall that, by making Network Rail, which is a private company limited by guarantee, subject to FOI laws it would make the organisation a state body.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare since ever since.