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given up to and including

Thursday 23rd March 2000


New Amendments handed in are marked thus *

CONSIDERATION OF BILL

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION BILL, AS AMENDED

NOTE

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order to be proposed by Mr Secretary Straw.

Mr Secretary Straw To move, That the Freedom of Information Bill, as amended, be considered in the following order, namely, amendments relating to Clauses 1 and 2, Schedule 1, Clauses 3 to 16, Schedule 2, Clauses 17 to 54, Schedule 3, Clauses 55 to 60, Schedule 4, Clauses 61 to 66, Schedule 5, Clauses 67 to 72, Schedule 6, Clauses 73 to 84, Schedule 7, Clauses 85 and 86, new Clauses and new Schedules.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

44

*Page     1,     line     15     [Clause     1],     leave out subsection (3) and insert—

    '(3) Where a public authority—

      (a) reasonably requires further information in order to identify and locate the information requested, and

      (b) has informed the applicant of that requirement,

    the authority is not obliged to comply with subsection (1) unless it is supplied with that further information.'.


   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

33

Page     4     [Clause     6],     leave out lines 12 and 13.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

34

Page     4,     line     14     [Clause     6],     leave out 'or amending'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

45

*Page     5,     line     34     [Clause     9],     after 'day', insert ', not later than the sixtieth working day following the date of receipt,'.


   

Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Shepherd

1

Page     7,     line     13     [Clause     13],     leave out from 'authority' to end of line 34 and insert 'which is to any extent exempt or whose disclosure is not required by virtue of section 11.'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

46

*Page     7,     line     18     [Clause     13],     leave out from '(2),' to end of line 19.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

47

*Page     7,     line     35     [Clause     13],     leave out subsections (3) to (5) and insert—

    '(3) Where the duty to confirm or deny does not arise but it appears to the public authority that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in disclosing the fact that the authority does or does not hold information of the description specified in the request outweighs the public interest in maintaining the exemption in question, the authority shall inform the applicant whether it holds the information.

    (4) Where—

      (a) the public authority holds information of the description specified in the request and has informed, or intends to inform, the applicant that it does so, and

      (a) it appears to the authority that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in maintaining the exemption in question,

    the public authority shall communicate the information to the applicant.'.

   

Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Shepherd

2

Page     7,     line     36     [Clause     13],     leave out from 'whether' to 'to' in line 37.

   

Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Shepherd

3

Page     7,     line     42     [Clause     13],     leave out from 'whether' to first 'to' in line 43.


   

Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Shepherd

4

Page     8,     line     2     [Clause     13],     leave out from 'shall' to end of line 5 and insert—

      '(a) inform the applicant whether it holds information, and

      (b) communicate the information to him,'.

   

Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Shepherd

7

Page     8,     line     8     [Clause     13],     leave out subsection (6).

   

Mr Secretary Straw

48

*Page     8,     line     10     [Clause     13],     leave out 'also have regard to the desirability of' and insert 'in particular have regard to the public interest in'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

49

*Page     8,     line     13     [Clause     13],     leave out from beginning to 'within' and insert 'A public authority must comply with this section'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

50

*Page     8,     line     18     [Clause     14],     leave out 'in pursuance of a decision'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

51

*Page     8,     line     20     [Clause     14],     leave out 'in pursuance of a decision'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

52

*Page     8,     line     35     [Clause     15],     leave out from 'that' to 'or' in line 36 and insert 'by virtue of any provision of Part II the duty to confirm or deny does not arise'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

53

*Page     9,     line     1     [Clause     15],     leave out from 'which' to end of line 4 and insert—

      '(a) decides under section 13(3) that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in disclosing the fact that the authority does or does not hold information of the description specified in a request for information does not outweigh the public interest in maintaining an exemption, or

      (b) decides under section 13(4) that, in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in disclosing any information does not outweigh the public interest in maintaining an exemption,'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

54

*Page     9,     line     21     [Clause     15],     at end insert—

    '(7) A notice under subsection (1), (3) or (5) must—

      (a) contain particulars of any procedure provided by the public authority for dealing with complaints about the handling of requests for information or state that the authority does not provide such a procedure, and

      (b) contain particulars of the right conferred by section 50.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

55

*Page     11,     line     15     [Clause     19],     leave out 'members of the public' and insert 'the applicant'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

56

*Page     11,     line     18     [Clause     19],     leave out 'members of the public' and insert 'the applicant'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

57

*Page     11,     line     20     [Clause     19],     leave out 'members of the public' and insert 'the applicant'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

58

*Page     11,     line     22     [Clause     19],     leave out from 'to' to 'whether' in line 24 and insert 'to communicate (otherwise than by making the information available for inspection) to members of the public on request'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

59

*Page     11,     line     27     [Clause     19],     leave out 'members of the public' and insert 'the applicant'.


   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

15

Page     13,     line     13     [Clause     24],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

16

Page     13,     line     21     [Clause     24],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

17

Page     13,     line     24     [Clause     25],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

18

Page     13,     line     41     [Clause     25],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.


   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

19

Page     14,     line     18     [Clause     26],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

20

Page     14,     line     26     [Clause     26],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

21

Page     14,     line     29,     [Clause 27],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.

   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Mr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

22

Page     14,     line     35,     [Clause 27],     after 'to,', insert 'substantially'.


   

Mr Robert Maclennan
Mr David Heath
Dr Tony Wright
Mr Mark Fisher
Mr Richard Shepherd

39

Page     15,     line     4     [Clause     28],     at end insert—

    'and if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice any of those purposes'.

 
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