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Thursday 17th May 2012 | 10:40
The Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform has pledged to speed up the process of publishing ministerial meeting data, following complaints from MPs, campaigners and journalists.
Mark Harper told the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee that minsters were being urged to publish the data “more speedily” after it emerged that some departments were sitting on it months.
Campaigners and journalists have previously expressed frustration that details of ministerial meetings with lobbyists, which all departments are obliged to publish, can take months to appear.
Mr Harper said fellow MPs had also pointed out the time delay to him and the Cabinet Office Minister was now acting on the issue.
He said: “I have now have now spoken to my colleague, the minister for the Cabinet Office, and I know work is underway to speed up the publication of that information, whilst making sure it’s still accurate.
“But there is a real push to make that published on a more timely basis, so that transparency agenda is better, the information is available more speedily. So I think that’s not just a commitment from the Cabinet Secretary, it’s a commitment from ministers.”
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