The government are set to challenge the ruling of a Freedom of Information tribunal, which said they should disclose documents relating to the controversial takeover of Rowntree in 1988.

The Cabinet Office is contesting five documents should be made public. 

York Press write:

The Cabinet Office is seeking permission to appeal against a tribunal’s ruling that five Ministerial papers should be made public.

It claims there were ‘errors of law’ when the first-tier tribunal decided last month that the public interest favoured disclosure of the documents.

The Office admitted that its application was ‘technically late’ after being submitted after 5pm on the 28th day following receipt of the tribunal’s decision, but requested that in view of the minimal delay, the time limit should be extended.

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 time ever since.