Interesting piece in the Education Guardian today outlining changes to the Freedom of Information Act.
Apparently it will be permissible for organisations to amalgamate separate enquiries and deal with them as one. There is already a "cap" on the cost of dealing with an enquiry, and if the cost goes over the cap, the organisation does not have to answer the enquiry. Two amalgamated enquiries will be more expensive and the article argues that it will be easier for organisations to decline to answer. This will, they argue, harm research.
Read the article at http://education.guardian.co.uk/higher/research/story/0,,2027123,00.html