31 May 2007 | Paul Snell
The OGC has launched an appeal against the decision of the information tribunal to make the outcomes of Gateway reviews public.
Earlier this month the tribunal upheld a judgement made by the information commissioner last year (News, 24 May) ordering the OGC to release the results of its reviews into the ID card scheme. Gateway reviews examine the viability of government projects at five stages.
In a statement the OGC said it welcomed the tribunal's findings, but disagreed with its judgement that it was in the public interest to disclose the results of the review: "In the government's view, disclosure would seriously undermine the effectiveness of the Gateway process, as confidentiality is essential to the whole process," a spokesman said. "It is not in the public interest to put that effectiveness at risk through disclosure of the information contained in the two reports concerned in this case."
But both the commissioner and tribunal have dismissed claims the process is likely to be undermined by publication. The appeal will now be heard in the high court.
This is the third time the OGC has refused to reveal the information, once when asked under the Freedom of Information Act, again after the judgement by the commissioner, and now after the tribunal's judgement.