Friday, April 09, 2010

Amendments to FOI and Public Records acts survive "wash up"

The Constitutional Reform and Governance Act, which provides for a transition from a 30 Year Rule to a 20 Year Rule governing the automatic release of most government records, received Royal Assent on Thursday 8 April 2010.

Although key elements of the bill including plans to hold a referendum on the electoral system and to end hereditary peerages, were dropped in the dramatic last 48 hours before the formal dissolution of Parliament for the general election, the amendments to the Freedom of Information and Public Records acts survived. For a detailed explanation of the amendments see earlier post here

See also:
Ministry of Justice website here.
Marathon session to pass bills before dissolution of parliament, The Guardian 8/4/10

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