Freedom of Information Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 14th November 2000.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Crossbench 5:45 pm, 14th November 2000

My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Lucas, mentioned medicines and veterinary medicines. The Minister is aware of my interest in organophosphates. Can he tell me whether "commercial in confidence" information given to the licensing authority is covered by this clause? Occasionally chemicals are used that affect public health and, when questions are asked, often the answer is that the information cannot be given because it is "commercial in confidence".