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STATE IS SILENT ON SECRET ACT.

Byline: JOE ROBERTS

THE government are refusing to disclose secrets under the new Freedom of Information Act, it emerged yesterday.

The Information Commissioner has said that the rate of data being released under the Act needs to drastically improve.

Kevin Murphy added while the number of requests for information grew some state bodies are still not fully co-operating.

Last year, the Freedom of Information Act was used in more than 14,000 requests for information from public bodies such as Government departments, health boards or local authorities.

This is a 12.5 per cent rise on the previous year.

Mr Murphy said he is concerned by the number of refusals - 15 per cent last year.
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Date:Jun 13, 2002
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