There’s still no official date that the government’s review of the Freedom of Information Act will be completed.

The Independent Commission for Freedom of Information has been ongoing since July 2015 and had its completion date pushed back after it received 30,000 evidence submissions from members of the public and organisations.

Lord Bridges, the Cabinet Office’s parliamentary secretary who is leading the review, answered a Parliamentary Question saying he doesn’t know when the review will be finished.

“The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information will report as soon as possible after the oral evidence sessions it has announced for 20 and 25 January,” Bridges said in answer to the question.

At present no information has been made public about who those attending the evidence sessions will be, but the evidence given will feed into the final report of the Commission.

Hopefully the Commission won’t be following in Chilcot’s footsteps.

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.