Derek Thomas MLA

Response to a letter on government transparency, September 2012.

1: Do you agree agendas and reports of government committees, including ExCo and LegCo, should be published on the SHG website, in advance of meetings? And that minutes should also be published?

Answer: No.

2. Do you agree ExCo meetings should be open to the public and media, except where this would, for instance, compromise commercial sensitivity or the confidentiality of individuals?

Answer: This is at present the case, where the public are invited for certain agenda items, however I do feel in certain cases this can be improve and as an ExCo Member will do my best to ensure that agenda items which are suitable for open public they are made aware

3: Other UK overseas territories have adopted Freedom of Information legislation, to improve governance and serve voters better. Do you think St Helena should now discuss the possibility of introducing a Freedom of Information Ordinance?

Answer: I see no reason why Freedom of Information Legislation should not be discussed.

Comment : I do feel in a small community the Government has made good progress and will continue to do so in terms of openness and transparency.

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