Amendments proposed to the Freedom of Information Bill, As Amended - continued House of Commons

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

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Page     19,     line     24,     [Clause 34],     after first 'otherwise', insert 'substantially'.

   

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

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Page     19,     line     24     [Clause     34],     after 'to', insert 'substantially'.

   

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

13

Page     19,     line     28     [Clause     34],     leave out from 'that' to 'compliance'.

   

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

14

Page     19,     line     31     [Clause     34],     leave out from beginning to end of line 34 on page 20.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

61

Page     20,     line     10     [Clause     34],     at end insert—

      '( ) in relation to information held by any public authority which does not fall within paragraph (b), (f) or (j) and whose functions are exercisable wholly or mainly in or as regards Northern Ireland and relate wholly or mainly to transferred matters, means the First Minister and deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland acting jointly, or any Northern Ireland Minister nominated in relation to that public authority by those Ministers so acting,'.


   

Mr Harry Cohen

105

Page     21     [Clause     38],     leave out lines 24 to 30 and insert—

      '(a) that the disclosure of information to a member of the public would be likely to result in a public authority breaching its obligation to respect the private life of individuals as set out in Article 8 of Schedule 1 to the Human Rights Act 1998, and'.

   

Mr Harry Cohen

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Page     21,     line     35     [Clause     38],     at end insert—

    (3A) When determining whether the obligation specified in subsection 3(a) is breached a public authority shall, in particular, have regard to—

      (a) whether the disclosure of information by the authority is likely to cause unwarranted damage or unwarranted distress to the private life of any individual who is identified by the information,

      (b) whether the disclosure of information by the authority is explicitly prohibited by any enactment other than a disclosure which may be required by this Act,

      (c) whether the disclosure of information by the authority is prohibited by the common law,

      (d) whether the substantial public interest would be served by the determination that the information should not be disclosed,

      (e) whether the information relates to other information of a similar nature which is readily accessible to the public, and

      (f) whether the disclosure of information by the authority would be likely to result in a public authority being in breach of an obligation under the Human Rights Act 1998, other than as specified in Article 8 of Schedule 1 to that Act.

    (3B) For the purpose of this section, any processing which is necessary to facilitate a disclosure of information by a public authority pursuant to a request under this Act shall be considered not to breach any data protection principle of the Data Protection Act 1998, and, for the avoidance of doubt, the data protection principles shall apply to any subsequent processing by any person to whom that information has been disclosed.'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     22,     line     24     [Clause     39],     after 'that' insert 'or any'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

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Page     22,     line     36     [Clause     41],     at end insert—

    '(1A) Information is exempt information if it was supplied to a public authority by a company or other commercial organisation before the coming into force of this Act'.

   

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

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Page     22,     line     37     [Clause     41],     leave out subsection (2) and insert—

    '(2) Information is exempt information if it was supplied to the authority in confidence by any person and its disclosure under this Act would unreasonably prejudice the commercial interests of that person.

    (2A) Information is exempt information if it has been consistently treated as confidential by the authority and its disclosure under this Act would unreasonably prejudice the commercial interests of the authority.'.

   

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

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Page     22,     line     38     [Clause     41],     after 'to', insert 'substantially'.

   

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

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Page     22,     line     39     [Clause     41],     at end insert—

    '(2A) Information is not exempt by virtue of subsection (2) if or to the extent that—

      (a) it relates to the quality or safety of the goods or services produced or supplied by the person referred to in that subsection or the conditions under which those goods or services are produced or supplied; and

      (b) the prejudice to that person's commercial interests would result from the exercise of more informed choice by persons seeking to acquire those goods or services,

    unless the information is inaccurate.'.

   

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

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Page     22,     line     41     [Clause     41],     after 'to', insert 'substantially'.


   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     23,     line     4     [Clause     42],     leave out 'is excluded' and insert 'does not arise'.

   

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

35

Page     23,     line     7,     leave out Clause 43.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

63

Page     23     [Clause     43],     leave out lines 38 and 39 and insert—

    '(6) Before laying before Parliament a draft of an order under subsection (1) or (2), the Secretary of State shall—

      (a) consult the Commissioner, and

      (b) publish any written representations made to him by the Commissioner with respect to the proposed order, except so far as those representations contain information which is, or if the order were made would be, exempt information.'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

125

Page     25,     line     9     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

126

Page     25,     line     15     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

127

Page     25,     line     22     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

128

Page     25,     line     24     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

129

Page     25,     line     26     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

130

Page     25,     line     27     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

131

Page     25,     line     30     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

132

Page     25,     line     35     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

133

Page     25,     line     41     [Clause     46],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

134

Page     25,     line     44     [Clause     47],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.


   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

135

Page     26,     line     6     [Clause     47],     leave out 'Commissioner's' and insert 'Ombudsman's'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

136

Page     26,     line     10     [Clause     47],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

137

Page     26,     line     16     [Clause     47],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

   

Mr Secretary Straw

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Page     26,     line     18,     leave out Clause 48.

   

Miss Ann Widdecombe
Mr David Lidington
Mr Nick Hawkins

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Page     26,     line     18     [Clause 48],     leave out 'Commissioner' and insert 'Ombudsman'.

 
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