Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Early Day Motion on FOI charges

The following Early Day Motion has been submitted by Mark Fisher MP (and signed by others) in the House of Commons:

CHARGES FOR INFORMATION UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 25:5:04
Tony Wright
Helen Jackson
Mr Archy Kirkwood
Mr David Heath
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr John Greenway

Mr Mark Fisher
That this House notes with concern that the Government is considering introducing substantially higher fees for obtaining information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 than those promised by ministers during its Parliamentary passage; considers that high fees would deter the public from using the Act and undermine the potential benefits of increased openness, accountability and trust in the work of public authorities; and calls on the Government to honour the firm and consistent commitment on charges repeatedly made to this House during consideration of the Freedom of Information legislation.

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