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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.

  
Clause 11
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 6, line 44, leave out from ("where") to end of line 45 and insert (", for the purpose of ensuring that the cost of complying with a single request for information does not exceed the appropriate limit, two or more requests for closely related information are made to a public authority within a period of 1 month--") 
  
Clause 15
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 9, line 17, leave out ("12") and insert ("12(1)") 
  
Clause 20
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
     Page 11, line 44, leave out paragraph (a) and insert--
    ("(a)  the information is held by the public authority and the authority has made a public commitment to publish the material within the next three months,")
 
  
Clause 28
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
     Page 15, line 5, leave out ("has at any time") and insert ("is being or has") 
     Page 15, line 12, leave out from ("conduct,") to end of line 13 and insert--
 
("and, in either case, that investigation and any criminal proceedings related to that investigation have not been concluded.")
 
     Page 15, line 13, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Information held by a public authority is exempt information if it is being held by the authority for the purposes of criminal proceedings which have not been concluded.")
 
     Page 15, line 27, at end insert (", and
    (c)  if its disclosure under this Act would or would be likely to prejudice the obtaining of further information from the same or other confidential sources")
 
  
Clause 39
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
     Page 22, line 41, after ("authority),") insert--
      ("(aa)  before obtaining it the authority, in accordance with subsection (1A), gave notice in writing to the person from which it was obtained, that it was willing to receive it in confidence,")
 
     Page 22, line 44, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  A public authority shall not give the notice referred to in subsection (1)(aa) unless it--
    (a)  requires the information in order to properly discharge its functions, and
    (b)  believes on reasonable grounds that the information will not be supplied to it unless it gives that notice.
    (1B)  Subsection (1)(aa) above shall not apply in relation to information obtained by a public authority before the commencement of this Act.")
 
  
Clause 41
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
     Page 23, line 10, after ("to,") insert ("substantially") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
     Page 23, line 10, after ("prejudice") insert ("to an unreasonable degree") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
     Page 23, line 11, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  In making any decision under section 13 in relation to information which is or may be exempt under this section a public authority shall in particular have regard to the public interest in ensuring that--
    (a)  the expenditure of public funds is subject to effective oversight;
    (b)  the public is kept adequately informed about any risks to public health or safety or to the environment;
    (c)  any statutory authority with regulatory responsibilities relating to those interests is discharging those responsibilities effectively.")
 
  
Clause 81
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
     Page 41, line 16, at end insert--
    (""prejudice" means prejudice which is real, actual and of significant substance;")
 
  
 
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