Appealed decisions

I refer to your recent editorial ‘Why are MLA salaries secret? (Wednesday, 11 May).

The public should be aware that, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law (2007), the process for determining the outcome of the appeals referred to is by no means exhausted and that it is for the Information Commissioner only to rule upon appeals against public authorities that refuse to grant access to public records.

The public is assured that all appeal decisions by the Information Commissioner shall be reached independently from both government and any legal advice received by government.

Gary M Cordes

Deputy Information Commissioner,

Information Commissioner’s Office