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Mass of government data on public services to be published

The Guardian - Hundreds of pieces of government data about public services – ranging from the success of different GPs treating patients with cancer to where British aid money is spent – are to be published for the first time, ministers will announce on Thursday.

The plans for releasing statistics from every government department over the next year will be published alongside the open data white paper, which is expected to commit the government in future to a general presumption in favour of publishing public sector data, and take further steps toward extending the policy to all organisations which deliver public services, including private contractors.

The Cabinet Office denied that the white paper would announce a review of charging for information requested under the separate Freedom of Information Act, a move that would anger campaigners for greater openness about government activities.

But a Cabinet Office spokeswoman said there was a debate about charging for public service information.