Chris Grayling plans to cover-up an official report into the notorious “Jubilee stewards”incident on the
basis that it is “commercially confidential”. The episode unpaid workfare staff forced to sleep rough under
London Bridge before assisting at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The incident caused a furore even before Political Scrapbook revealed that the owner of the company at
the centre of the scandal has a conviction for perverting the course of justice and was responsible for five
companies struck off by regulators for not submitting accounts.
Commercial confidentiality is often the last refuge of ministers desperate to prevent the disclosure
of embarrassing information.
We shall see whether the Information Commissioner agrees with Mister Grayling.