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

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

     The amendments have been marshalled in accordance with the Instruction of 28th September 2000, as follows-- 
 Clauses 28 to 54
Schedule 3
Clauses 55 to 60
Schedule 4
Clauses 61 to 66
Schedule 5
Clauses 67 to 72
Schedule 6
Clauses 73 to 83
Schedule 7
Clauses 84 and 85
 
 [Amendments marked * are new or have been altered] 
Amendment
No.
 
  
Clause 28
 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
157     Page 15, line 42, leave out ("in the United Kingdom or elsewhere") 
158     Page 15, line 46, at end insert--
          ("(  )  proceedings on dealing summarily with a charge under the Army Act 1955 or the Air Force Act 1955 or on summary trial under the Naval Discipline Act 1957,
          (  )  proceedings before a court established by section 83ZA of the Army Act 1955, section 83ZA of the Air Force Act 1955 or section 52FF of the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (summary appeal courts),")
 
  
Clause 29
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
159     Page 16, line 19, after ("to,") insert ("substantially") 
160     Page 16, line 45, leave out ("improper") and insert ("unlawful") 
161     Page 17, line 1, leave out paragraph (d) 
162     Page 17, line 6, leave out paragraphs (f) and (g) 
163     Page 17, line 12, leave out paragraph (i) 
  
Clause 30
 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT COLVILLE OF CULROSS
 
164     Page 17, line 30, at end insert--
 
("but only for such period as is relevant to an active stage of those proceedings")
 
165     Page 17, line 37, at end insert--
 
("but only for such period as is relevant to an active stage of that inquiry or arbitration")
 
  
Clause 31
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
166     Page 18, line 15, leave out subsection (3) 
  
 
166A     [Withdrawn] 
  
Clause 33
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
167     Page 18, line 34, at beginning insert ("Subject to subsection (1A),") 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
168     Page 18, line 34, after ("department") insert ("or by the National Assembly for Wales") 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
169     Page 18, line 35, leave out from ("if") to end of line 40 and insert ("its disclosure would harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion, including--
    (a)  proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees;
    (b)  internal opinion, advice, recommendation, consultation and deliberation;
    (c)  projections and assumptions relating to internal policy analysis, analysis of alternative policy options and information relating to rejected policy options;
    (d)  confidential communications between departments, public bodies and regulatory bodies.")
 
170     Page 18, line 35, leave out ("it relates to") and insert ("its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice") 
171     Page 18, line 37, at end insert ("but only if the release of that information would materially detriment the frankness and candour of those communications") 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
172     Page 18, line 40, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  Once a decision as to government policy has been taken, any statistical information used to provide an informed background to the taking of the decision is not to be regarded--
 
 
    (a)  for the purposes of subsection (1)(a), as relating to the formulation or development of government policy, or
    (b)  for the purposes of subsection (1)(b), as relating to Ministerial communications.")
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
[As an amendment to amendment 172]
 
173     Line 3, leave out ("statistical") and insert ("factual") 
  
BY THE LORD ARCHER OF SANDWELL
THE BARONESS WHITAKER
THE BARONESS THORNTON
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
174     Page 18, line 40, at end insert--
 
    ("(  ) Information is not exempt by virtue of subsection (1)(a) insofar as it consists of factual information which has been used, or is intended to be used, to provide an informed background to decision-taking.")
 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
175     Page 18, line 40, at end insert--
 
    ("(1A)  Subsection (1) only applies where the disclosure of that information would substantially prejudice the formulation or effective implementation of present or future government policy.")
 
  
BY THE LORD ARCHER OF SANDWELL
 
175A     Page 18, line 40, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  Information is not exempt information under paragraphs (a), (b) or (d) of subsection (1) or under section 34 insofar as it consists of--
    (a)  factual information,
    (b)  analysis of factual information, or
    (c)  other information, unless its disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the frankness and candour of internal discussion.")
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
176     Page 18, line 41, leave out subsection (2) 
177     Page 18, line 43, at end insert--
 
    ("(  )  No statistical information may be exempt information by reason of this section.")
 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
178     Page 19, leave out line 2 and insert--
    (""government policy" includes the policy of the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the policy of the National Assembly for Wales;")
 
179     Page 19, line 7, leave out from second ("communications") to ("and") in line 9 and insert--
          ("(a)  between Ministers of the Crown,
          (b)  between Northern Ireland Ministers, including Northern Ireland junior Ministers, or
          (c)  between Assembly Secretaries, including the Assembly First Secretary,")
 
180     Page 19, line 10, leave out ("and") 
181     Page 19, line 11, at end insert ("and proceedings of the executive committee of the National Assembly for Wales") 
182     Page 19, line 15, at end insert ("or any part of the administration of the National Assembly for Wales providing personal administrative support to the Assembly First Secretary or an Assembly Secretary") 
  
Clause 34
 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
183     Page 19, line 20, after ("department") insert ("or by the National Assembly for Wales") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
184     Page 19, line 23, leave out (", in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person,") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
185     Page 19, line 24, leave out ("qualified person") and insert ("Cabinet Minister or the First Secretary of the National Assembly of Wales") 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
186     Page 19, line 30, at end insert ("or
          (iii)  the work of the executive committee of the National Assembly for Wales,")
 
  
BY THE LORD ARCHER OF SANDWELL
THE BARONESS THORNTON
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
187     Page 19, line 35, leave out paragraph (c) 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
188     Page 19, line 37, leave out subsection (3) 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
189     Page 19, line 39, leave out (", in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person,") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
190     Page 19, line 39, leave out ("qualified person") and insert ("Cabinet Minister or the First Secretary of the National Assembly of Wales") 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
191     Page 19, line 41, at end insert-- 
 ("(3A)  In relation to statistical information, subsections (2) and (3) shall have effect with the omission of the words "in the reasonable opinion of a qualified person".") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
[As an amendment to amendment 191]
 
192     Line 2, leave out ("statistical") and insert ("factual") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
THE LORD GOODHART
 
193     Page 19, line 42, leave out subsection (4) 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
194     Page 20, line 14, leave out from ("by") to end of line 17 and insert ("any Welsh public authority other than the Auditor General for Wales, means--
          (i)  the public authority, or
          (ii)  any officer or employee of the authority authorised by the Assembly First Secretary,")
 
195     Page 20, line 21, at end insert--
    ("(  )  in relation to information held by the Auditor General for Wales, means the Auditor General for Wales,")
 
196     Page 20, line 22, leave out from ("any") to end of line 28 and insert ("Northern Ireland public authority other than the Northern Ireland Audit Office, means--
          (i)  the public authority, or
          (ii)  any officer or employee of the authority authorised by the First Minister and deputy First Minister in Northern Ireland acting jointly,")
 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT COLVILLE OF CULROSS
 
197     Page 20, line 29, leave out paragraph (l) 
198     Page 20, line 31, leave out paragraph (m) 
199     Page 20, line 34, leave out paragraph (n) 
  
BY THE VISCOUNT COLVILLE OF CULROSS
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
200     Page 20, line 42, leave out subsection (5) 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
201     Page 20, line 47, leave out subsection (6) 
  
BY THE LORD MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
THE VISCOUNT ASTOR
 
     The above-named Lords give notice of their intention to oppose the Question that Clause 34 stand part of the Bill. 
  
Clause 35
 
  
BY THE LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON
 
202     Page 21, line 9, at end insert ("or dignity") 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
203     Page 21, line 9, at end insert ("on any living person") 
  
Clause 36
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
204     Page 21, line 17, leave out subsection (2) 
  
Clause 37
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
205     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 MACKAY OF ARDBRECKNISH
 
206     Page 21, line 39, leave out paragraph (a) and insert--
    ("(a)  that the disclosure of information to a person would be likely to result in a public authority breaching its obligations to respect the private life of another person as set out in Article 8 of Part I of Schedule 1 to the Human Rights Act 1998, and")
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
207     Page 22, line 13, leave out subsection (5) 
208     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 GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
209     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,")
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
210     Page 22, line 44, at end insert ("unless the person in question is a public authority") 
  
BY THE LORD GOODHART
THE LORD LESTER OF HERNE HILL
 
211     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.")
 
  
BY THE LORD LUCAS
 
212     Page 22, line 45, leave out subsection (2) 
 
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