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House of Commons


Wednesday 7th February 2007


Public Bill Committee Proceedings


Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill


[FIRST Sitting]


David Maclean


Agreed to  1


Clause  1  page  1,  line  3,  leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—



In Part 1 of Schedule 1 (public authorities) omit paragraphs 2 and 3 (which relate


to the House of Commons and House of Lords).



After section 34 insert—



Communications with members of the House of Commons



Information is exempt information if it is held only by virtue of being


contained in any communication between a member of the House of


Commons, acting in his capacity as such, and a public authority.



The duty to confirm or deny does not arise in relation to information


which is (or if it were held by the public authority to which the request is


made would be) exempt information by virtue of subsection (1).’.



In section 63 (removal of exemptions: historical records generally), in subsection


(1), after “33”, insert “34A,”.



Omit the following—



section 2(3)(e),



section 36(5)(d) and (e) and (7), and



in section 81(4), the words “on behalf of either House of Parliament or”.’.


Clause, as amended, Agreed to.


David Maclean


Agreed to  2


Clause  2,  page  1,  line  15,  at end insert—



This Act does not apply in relation to any request for information which is made


to a public authority before the Act comes into force.



In subsection (2A) “request for information” and “public authority” have the


same meaning as in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.’.



Clause, as amended, Agreed to.


Bill, as amended, to be reported.

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