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Amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill

Freedom of Information Bill -
Amendments to be debated in the House of Lords

Here you can browse the Amendments to the Freedom of Information Bill to be moved in Committee in the House of Lords.

  
Before Clause 1
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The purposes of this Act are to enable and encourage the provision of information by public authorities to the public.")Purposes of this Act.
  
After Clause 9
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  A public authority shall reasonably assist any person who seeks to exercise their rights under this Act, and in particular shall have regard to any relevant guidance in the code of practice issued under section 44.Assistance by public authority.
  
Clause 10
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 6, line 15, leave out from beginning to ("the") and insert ("a form specified by") 
  
Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 6, line 39, at end insert ("and the applicant is not prepared to pay the excess cost)") 
  
Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 7, line 26, leave out paragraph (a) 
     Page 7, line 27, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 7, line 28, leave out paragraph (c) 
     Page 7, line 29, leave out paragraph (d) 
     Page 7, line 30, leave out paragraph (e) 
     Page 7, line 34, leave out paragraph (f) 
     Page 7, line 35, leave out paragraph (g) 
     Page 7, line 36, leave out paragraph (h) 
     Page 8, line 8, leave out ("factual") 
     Page 8, line 9, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In making any decision under subsection (3) or (4), the public authority shall conclude that there is no public interest in maintaining the exemption in question unless there is a substantial public interest in maintaining the exemption in question.")
 
  
After Clause 13
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  When a public authority has declined to comply (in whole or in part) with section 1(1)(b) pursuant to section 1(5), and has not made a decision to disclose the relevant information under section 13, the public authority shall consider whether, by deletion or summarisation or otherwise, the relevant information may be rendered into a form where it is suitable for disclosure.")Authority to consider partial disclosure of exempt information.
  
Clause 14
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 8, line 25, at end insert (", and
    (d)  for additional fees to be payable on publication of the information.")
 
  
After Clause 14
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  An applicant may publish (whether in print or on the internet or by any other means) any information received by him as a result of a request for information, subject only to the payment of such fees as are specified under sections 14 and 19.")Publication of information.
  
Clause 17
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 10, line 29, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A publication scheme, and any associated manuals, instructions, guidelines or other documents intended to inform staff of the effects of this Act and on its operation, shall never be exempt information under Part II of this Act.")
 
  
Clause 19
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 11, line 42, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  For the purposes of subsection (1), information is not reasonably accessible to the applicant if it is not available in a particular electronic form and the applicant reasonably requires information in that form.
 
    (  )  For the purposes of subsection (1), information is not reasonably accessible to the applicant if he is not free to publish that information (whether in part or on the internet or otherwise) subject only to a fee determined in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State.")
 
  
Clause 20
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 12, line 6, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 22
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 13, line 1, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 23
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 13, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A certificate under section 21(2) or 22(3) can never itself be exempt information.")
 
  
Clause 24
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 13, line 30, leave out subsection (3) 
  
Clause 25
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 14, line 6, leave out subsection (4) 
  
Clause 26
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 14, line 36, leave out subsection (3) 
     The Lord Lucas gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 26 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 27
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 15, line 1, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 28
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 15, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("and its release might prejudice such investigations or proceedings")
 
     Page 15, line 27, at end insert ("and its release might prejudice a source which should reasonably remain confidential") 
     Page 15, line 28, leave out subsection (3) 
  
Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 18, line 15, leave out subsection (3) 
  
Clause 33
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 18, line 41, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 34
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 19, line 24, leave out ("qualified person") and insert ("Cabinet Minister or the First Secretary of the National Assembly of Wales") 
     Page 19, line 37, leave out subsection (3) 
     Page 19, line 39, leave out ("qualified person") and insert ("Cabinet Minister or the First Secretary of the National Assembly of Wales") 
     Page 19, line 42, leave out subsection (4) 
     Page 20, line 47, leave out subsection (6) 
  
Clause 36
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 21, line 17, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 37
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 21, line 26, leave out subsection (2) 
     The Lord Lucas gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 37 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 38
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 22, line 13, leave out subsection (5) 
     Page 22, line 32, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The public authority shall consider whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the appropriate person or persons should be asked for permission to release information which is exempt by virtue of subsection (1) or (2).")
 
  
Clause 39
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 22, line 44, at end insert ("unless the person in question is a public authority") 
     Page 22, line 45, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 40
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 23, line 4, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 42
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 23, line 17, leave out paragraph (a) 
     Page 23, line 18, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 23, line 19, leave out paragraph (c) 
  
After Clause 43
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .--(1)  Information is only exempt information for the purposes of sections 25(2), 25(3), 39, 40 and 41 if the public authority is in possession of a written request from the originator of the information that it should be held confidential.
 
    (2)  The public authority shall consider whether, in all the circumstances of the case, the originator of the information referred to in subsection (1) should be asked for permission to release the information.")
Confidentiality of information.
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 25, line 39, after ("requirements") insert ("and spirit") 
     Page 26, line 3, leave out (", with the consent of any public authority,") 
  
Clause 47
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 26, line 44, at end insert--
    ("(  )  A practice recommendation shall never be exempt information under Part II of this Act.")
 
  
Clause 49
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 27, line 27, after ("10,") insert ("11,") 
  
Clause 52
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 29, line 36, leave out ("government department") and insert ("public authority not falling within paragraphs (c) to (f) below") 
     Page 29, line 37, at end insert ("who is a member of the Cabinet") 
     Page 29, line 38, leave out paragraph (b) 
     Page 29, line 44, leave out ("or the Northern Ireland Audit Office") and insert ("and any other public authority whose jurisdiction or activities are limited to Northern Ireland") 
     Page 30, line 1, leave out from ("Wales") to ("means") in line 3 and insert ("and any other public authority whose jurisdiction or activities are limited to Wales") 
     Page 30, line 4, leave out paragraphs (g) to (k) 
     Page 30, line 29, leave out subsections (5) and (6) 
     Page 30, line 39, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  An order under subsection (4)--
    (a)  must state the reasons for the order, and
    (b)  must be made public.")
 
     Page 30, line 39, at end insert--
    ("(  )  A certificate given under this section shall never be exempt information under Part II of this Act.")
 
     Page 30, leave out lines 41 to 45 
     The Lord Lucas gives notice of his intention to oppose the Question that Clause 52 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 73
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 38, line 17, at end insert--
    ("(  )  provide that any information that is to be made available under this section shall be made available in specified manners, and in particular shall be made available in electronic form over the internet,")
 
  
After Clause 74
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The Secretary of State may by order provide that any of the following provisions of this Act should no longer have effect, either in whole or in part--
    (a)  in section 13, subsections (2)(a), (2)(b), (2)(c), (2)(d), (2)(e), (2)(f), (2)(g) and (2)(h); and
    (b)  sections 19 to 43.")
Power to repeal certain provisions.
  
 
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