Select Committee on Constitutional Affairs Fourth Report


45. A Private Member's Bill, the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill, has passed through the Commons and is awaiting debate in the House of Lords. Its effect would be to exempt Parliament from the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In the course of our various inquiries into the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we have been sent no evidence indicating a need for such an exemption or that existing protections for constituents' correspondence were inadequate. We believe an exemption would be contrary to the culture of openness which we have argued should prevail in the public service.

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