FOI release

HS2 Major Projects Authority review

Exercise of the executive override under section 53 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Documents

Freedom of Information response

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Statement of reasons

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Statement of HMG policy

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Freedom of Information response including the Secretary’s of State statement of reasons and policy for exercising the power of veto to withhold the release of the November 2011 Major Projects Authority Project Assessment Review report.

A government spokesman said:

This government is proud to lead the world on transparency and last year we published the first ever Major Projects Authority report which included information on all major projects.

Hard-working people rightly expect the government to keep tight control over how their taxes are spent on major projects and that’s just what the government’s Major Projects Authority is working with departments to do.

It’s important to strike a balance between the benefits of transparency and protecting the ability of officials to ‘speak truth to power’. The Major Projects Authority will not be truly effective if officials fear that their frank advice to ministers could be disclosed. We have already published project-level data in our annual report of major projects and have no plans to go further.

The government has decided that it is not in the public interest to release this report.