I'm a little confused this morning at a response given to a written question yesterday in Parliament. Tory MP, Mark Francois, asked the DTI "what the total capital value is of each private finance initiative scheme overseen by his Department which has reached financial close; over what period repayments will take place; and what the total cost of repayment will be." A pretty reasonable question given we're talking about the spending public money.
The response from Jim Fitzpatrick was that the DTI has one PFI contract with Fujitsu and it's financial close was in 1999 but that he was "not able to provide financial information set against this contract as it is commercially sensitive".
How is telling Parliament how much Government is spending on a project which had financial close 7 years ago commercial sensitive? Surely the public has a right to know what amount of money they have committed to paying? After all, it's not the Goevrnment's money, it's ours.