In the process of current research, we were looking at Item 17 in the minutes for the meeting on 28th June 2012 of Argyll and Bute Council.
The item in question was ‘Recommendation from Special Committee for Older People’s Services’.
Under its title it invited readers to ‘View the reasons why Item 17 is restricted’.
Clicking on this produced the legend:
‘NOT FOR PUBLICATION by virtue of paragraph(s) 1, 9 of Schedule 7A of the Local Government(Scotland) Act 1973′ with the following detailed explanations:
- By Virtue of Paragraph 1
Information relating to a particular employee, former employee or applicant to become an employee of, or a particular office-holder, former office-holder or applicant to become and office-holder or applicant to become an office-holder under, the authority.
- By Virtue of Paragraph 9
Any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services.
Back to the minutes – and under the general restriction described above were listed three additional documents (as shown below), each with the invitation to click to discover the reasons why they too were restricted.
Clicking on each of them produced the same result: ‘Reasons restricted’.
Try it for yourself – following Item 17 in the minutes linked above.
It’s a pretty grim picture of the governance regime we exist in when not only is information on a matter of public concern restricted but the reasons why it has been restricted are themselves restricted.
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Extract from Special Committee for Older People’s Services