Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Views sought over Manx Freedom of Information Bill

Chief minister Tony Brown
Image caption Chief Minister Tony Brown wants the bill brought in by the end of this year

Views are being sought about giving the public the legal right to access information about the Manx government.

The Council of Ministers has launched a round of consultation on the creation of the Freedom of Information Bill.

If passed it will strengthen the public's rights to access government and local authorities' files.

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK said: "We urge anyone interested in this issue to get in touch. The bill supports openness and accountability."

The proposed bill includes a range of exemptions in line with the Freedom of Information Act legislation in the UK.

Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK added: "The Council of Ministers continues to be committed to progressing this important legislation, and supports the principles of openness, integrity and accountability as fundamental to the work of government, local government and Tynwald.

"I would urge anyone interested in this issue to engage with this consultation and submit their views.

"We intend to progress the bill into the House of Keys as soon as possible after this latest consultation period has concluded, and would hope to have it introduced into the House of Keys at the latest by the end of this year."

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