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Waste firm loses High Court bid

A waste management company has failed in its High Court bid to prevent public disclosure of details of its £850m contract with a county council.

Veolia had tried to get an injunction to prevent Nottinghamshire County Council disclosing details of the deal.

However, a judge ruled the council was obliged to give interested parties access to its statement of accounts.

An environmental campaigner argued the public had a right to see how much the company charged for its services.

Confidentiality claim

The council said it was required to do so by the 1998 Audit Commission Act, which gives electors the right to object to items in their authority's accounts to ensure they are getting value for money.

But Veolia argued that to disclose details of its contract and invoices would breach its right to confidentiality.

The company claimed that revealing its charges would seriously damage its ability to compete with other contractors.

It asked the judge to quash the council's decision to allow disclosure of such material to the action group People Against Incineration (Pain).

The judge dismissed the company's case and lifted an interim court injunction preventing disclosure.

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