Freedom of Information Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:45 pm on 14th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Goodhart Lord Goodhart Liberal Democrat 6:45 pm, 14th November 2000

moved Amendment No. 25:

After Clause 15, insert the following new clause--

:TITLE3:DUTY TO PROVIDE ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE

(" .--(1) It shall be the duty of a public authority to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who propose to make, or have made, requests for information to it.

(2) Any public authority which in relation to the provision of advice or assistance in any case conforms with the code of practice under section 44 is to be taken to comply with the duty imposed by subsection (1) in relation to that case.").