Treasury 'can't find' GLO data
The government refuses to disclose the cost of the group litigation orders because it has too much information on them
In a review of a Freedom of Information Act request put by Accountancy Age,
the Treasury revealed a paper trail as large as the estimated costs of the
actions. ‘In total over 17,000 documents were identified that potentially fell
within the scope of your request,’ the reply says.
The eight month review concluded that the Treasury was right not to answer
the question on cost grounds, adding that its additional consideration of
general exemptions on the information, ‘represented the Treasury’s wish to be
Experts suggest the cost of the six major court actions brought by up to
1,000 multinationals could blow a hole in the government’s Budget figures,
costing up to £20bn.