Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Lord chancellor gives warning on secrecy

Writing in The Guardian today David Hencke reports on govt splits about the current Private Members Bill that would exempt parliament and MPs' correspondence:

The lord chancellor has warned ministers that exempting MPs from freedom of information inquiries will damage public confidence in the principles of open government. A leaked letter from Lord Falconer, seen by the Guardian, shows that the cabinet is split on whether to back a private member's bill to exempt parliament and MPs' correspondence from the Freedom of Information Act. Jack Straw, Margaret Beckett and Peter Hain want to back the bill so it can be debated by parliament.

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