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Friday, March 31, 2006

Freedom of Information

A member of the public has put a freedom of information request to the Assembly Parliamentary Service to ask how is the Welsh Assembly financed?

"Who provides the money for the overheads. e.g. operating and administrative costs such as members salaries and expenses, staff salaries, capital expenditure etc? Where is this funding raised from?"

The simple answer is that the taxpayer pays, which no doubt will include the person making the enquiry. The same goes for Parliament and local Councils. The price of a democratic society is not small. The price we would pay for a dictatorship would be even greater. I would have hoped that the enquirer would understand that.
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