Freedom of Information Bill -
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Clause 44
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
232     Page 24, line 36, after ("information,") insert--
    ("(  )  the occasions on which it is acceptable for public authorities to receive information on a confidential basis, and the basis on which that confidentiality shall be accepted and maintained,")
 
233     Page 24, line 38, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  The code may include provisions as to how public authorities shall reach decisions under particular sections or subsections of any part of this Act.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
234     Page 24, line 41, at end insert ("and any other relevant person as he or the Commissioner thinks fit") 
  
Clause 45
 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
235     Page 25, leave out lines 25 and 26 and insert--
    ("(c)  in relation to Northern Ireland, the appropriate Northern Ireland Minister.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
236     Page 25, line 26, at end insert (", and
    (d)  any other relevant person")
 
  
Clause 46
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
237     Page 25, line 35, at beginning insert--
 
    ("(A1) The purpose of the Commissioner is to facilitate public access to the information held by public authorities except where disclosure of specific information is exempt under the Act.")
 
238     Page 25, line 35, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
239     Page 25, line 39, after ("requirements") insert ("and spirit") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
240     Page 25, line 41, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
241     Page 26, line 3, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
242     Page 26, line 3, leave out (", with the consent of any public authority,") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
243     Page 26, line 5, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
244     Page 26, line 7, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
245     Page 26, line 8, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
246     Page 26, line 11, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
247     Page 26, line 16, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
248     Page 26, line 22, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
Clause 47
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
249     Page 26, line 25, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
250     Page 26, line 28, leave out ("give to the authority a recommendation (in this section referred to as a "practice recommendation")") and insert ("instruct the authority (in this section referred to as a "practice instruction")") 
251     Page 26, line 33, leave out ("Commissioner's") and insert ("Ombudsman's") 
252     Page 26, line 37, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
253     Page 26, line 43, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
254     Page 26, line 44, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A practice recommendation shall never be exempt information under Part II of this Act.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
255     Page 26, line 44, at end insert--
 
    ("(  ) The public authority receiving a practice instruction from the Commissioner shall comply with the terms of the practice instruction within 90 days.")
 
  
Clause 48
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
256     Page 26, line 45, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
257     Page 27, line 1, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
258     Page 27, line 2, leave out ("with respect to those functions") 
  
Before Clause 49
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
259     Insert the following new Clause-- 
     ("  .  The applicant may appeal to the Commissioner where a public body refuses to comply with a request for information under this Act and the Commissioner shall determine whether it is in the public interest to comply or not, and shall direct the public authority to comply where he finds that, on balance, it is in the public interest to disclose.")Application for decision by Commissioner: public interest.
  
Clause 49
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
260     Page 27, line 6, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
261     Page 27, line 8, at end insert ("and of any relevant codes of practice") 
262     Page 27, line 8, at end insert ("or Part VI") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
263     Page 27, line 8, at end insert (", or
    (b)  whether representations made by the complainant in accordance with section (Third party commercial interests: request for information) have been dealt with in accordance with the requirements of that section")
 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
264     Page 27, line 8, at end insert ("or
    (  )  whether a public authority has incorrectly exercised its discretion under section 13(3) in refusing to inform an applicant whether it holds information, or under section 13(4) in refusing to communicate information to an applicant.
    (1A)  For the purpose of this Part a public authority shall be treated as having incorrectly exercised its discretion under section 13(3) or (4) if the Commissioner decides that he would have exercised that discretion differently, and in such a case the Commissioner shall substitute his own discretion for that of the public authority.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
265     Page 27, line 9, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
266     Page 27, line 17, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
267     Page 27, line 24, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
268     Page 27, line 26, after ("1(1),") insert--
    ("(  )  has incorrectly exercised a discretion under section 13,")
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
269     Page 27, line 27, after ("10,") insert ("11,") 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
270     Page 27, line 27, leave out (", 13") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
271     Page 27, line 33, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  A decision notice should be issued promptly, and in any event should not, without good cause, be issued later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt of the application.")
 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
272     Page 27, line 40, leave out subsection (7) 
  
BY THE LORD ARCHER OF SANDWELL
THE BARONESS THORNTON
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
273     Page 27, line 40, leave out subsections (7) and (8) 
  
Clause 50
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
274     Page 27, line 43, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
275     Page 28, line 11, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
276     Page 28, line 16, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
277     Page 28, line 18, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
278     Page 28, line 30, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
279     Page 28, line 41, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
Clause 51
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
280     Page 28, line 44, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
281     Page 28, line 45, after ("I") insert ("or has incorrectly exercised a discretion under section 13") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
282     Page 28, line 45, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
283     Page 29, line 3, at end insert ("or for giving effect to the exercise of the Commissioner's discretion as substituted for that of the authority under section 49(1A)") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
284     Page 29, line 6, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
285     Page 29, line 7, leave out ("and
    (b)") and insert--
    ("(  )  a statement that the Commissioner is satisfied that the authority has incorrectly exercised a discretion under section 13 and his reasons for reaching that conclusion,
and, in either case,")
 
  
BY THE LORD ARCHER OF SANDWELL
THE BARONESS THORNTON
THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
286     Page 29, line 14, leave out subsection (4) 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
287     Page 29, line 16, leave out ("Commissioner") and insert ("Ombudsman") 
  
BY THE LORD ARCHER OF SANDWELL
THE BARONESS THORNTON
 
288     Page 29, line 18, leave out subsection (6) 
 
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