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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 Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean 11:30 am, 18th March 2014

There is one area where the Minister should perhaps look at narrowing the scope of the Act, because my understanding is that requests can be made by anybody anywhere on the face of the earth; they do not have to be British citizens. It is not the role of the British Government to be a taxpayer-funded research service for anyone on the globe. May I suggest that he narrow the scope to those for whom the Government work—citizens of our country?