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More consultation on access plan
A consultation has been extended on proposals to strengthen the Isle of Man residents' rights to government information.

It is proposed that the existing non-statutory code of practice should be made legally-binding, like the UK Freedom of Information Act.

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK said there had been a "limited response" to the plans.

The consultation has been extended from 31 January to 28 February.

Legal rights

Ministers argue that residents expect to be given the same legal rights as their UK counterparts.

Mr Brown said: "There has been a limited response so far to the consultation, possibly because it has coincided with the House of Keys general election and the Christmas holiday period.

"The extension will allow people more time to respond on this vitally important issue."

Issues to be considered in the process include access to Council of Ministers minutes, the extent of retrospective access and the act's relationship with existing legislation.


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