Freedom of Information Act

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 18th March 2014.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice 11:30 am, 18th March 2014

We intend to extend it further as soon as is practical. One specific issue that I hope will be of interest to the hon. Gentleman—as it is to colleagues of his, including those who have come to see me about it—is that we intend to publish a revised code of practice to make sure that private companies that carry out public functions have freedom of information requirements in their contracts and go further than that. We hope that that will be in place by the end of this year.