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Mr Robert Maclennan
NC3To move the following Clause:
'.After section 1 of the Official Secrets Act 1989 there shall be inserted
"(1A).(1) It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this Act to prove that the disclosure or retention of the information or article was in the public interest in that he had reasonable cause to believe that it indicated the existence of crime, fraud, abuse of authority, neglect in the performance of official duty or other misconduct.
(2) It shall be a defence for a person charged with an offence under this Act to prove that the disclosure of the information or other article for which he has been charged was in the public interest, having regard both to any damage actually caused by the disclosure and any benefit to the public interest from it; or that he had reasonable cause to believe at the time of the disclosure that it was so in the public interest.
(3) In the case of a Crown servant or government contractor charged with an offence under sections 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 or 8 of this Act subsections (1) or (2) above shall only apply if he has taken reasonable steps to comply with any established procedures for drawing such misconduct to the attention of the appropriate authorities without effect.".'.
Supply of medical etc. information
Miss Ann Widdecombe
NC4To move the following Clause:
'.A model publication scheme for any public authority mentioned in paragraphs 44, 45 and 51 of Part III of Schedule 1 may provide for information to be supplied to an applicant by the responsible primary care group or Health Authority in England and Wales or by the Northern Ireland Central Services Agency for the Health and Social Services.'.
Power to set aside exemptions by order
Mr Mark Fisher
NC5To move the following Clause:
'.(1) The Secretary of State may by order provide that
(2) An order under this section may make different provision for different cases.
(3) No order shall be made under this section unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.'.
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