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Foreword by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Access to government-produced information is a key component in the democratic process. This
theme was central to the Freedom of Information White Paper, published last month.
Your Right to Know recognised the significance of Crown copyright in the context of the
Freedom of Information debate and trailed this Green Paper which invites views on a range of
options for the future management of Crown copyright.
The Green Paper takes more open government as its context and reflects the challenges and
opportunities presented by the growth of the electronic information industry. The Government is
committed to maintaining the integrity and status of works produced within government and to
preserving the viability of government publishing without any additional cost for the taxpayer.
At the same time, we want to establish a framework which offers both the public and the
information industry a simple and straightforward means of accessing and disseminating official
This Green Paper will, I hope, stimulate a thorough and informed debate.