"I will donate £10 to support Ben Goldacre's Freedom Of Information Act request to Durham Council, asking for data from the fish oil trials they carried out in schools with supplements supplied by Equazen but only if 75 other people will do the same, (if such monies are indeed required to pay for this FOI request)."
Deadline to sign up by: 11th February 2007
87 people signed up (12 over target)
Country: United Kingdom
Place: Durham (view map)
Ben Goldacre is trying to get a hold of the results of a 'study' into the usefulness of fish oils in helping children concentrate in schools in Durham. So far, Durham Council have been reluctant to share the results of the study they have publicised so heavily, and have said that the data Ben has requested would cost them £750 to produce. This pledge aims to bring together enough people to cover the cost of this FOI request, should other avenues of investigation fail.
It is not currently clear whether this money would be needed, but if enough people pledge their tenner, then I think that will make quite a statement that obfuscating data concerning trials carried out with school children is not acceptable.
You can read more about Ben's FOI request on his blog:
Suw, the Pledge Creator, joined by: