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This Research Paper sets out the background to the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill 2006-07. This is a Private Member’s Bill introduced by David Maclean, which received an unopposed second reading on 19 January 2007 and which has subsequently been amended during its Public Bill Committee stage. Report stage is due on Friday 20 April 2007, where the Bill is the first item of business. The Bill has two purposes; firstly it removes both Houses of Parliament from the list of public bodies included within the scope of Schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FoI Act 2000); secondly, it makes communications between Members of Parliament and public bodies exempt from the FoI Act 2000, although as the Bill is currently drafted, a public authority might still be able to release such correspondence if it considered that the public interest in disclosure was greater than the public interest in withholding the information.


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