Freedom of Information Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:45 pm on 14th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Goodhart Lord Goodhart Liberal Democrat 8:45 pm, 14th November 2000

My Lords, I am most grateful to the noble and learned Lord for giving way. I am becoming a little puzzled by the direction of his argument. It is clear that in Clause 29(2) paragraphs (a) and (b) are cumulative; in other words, both conditions must be satisfied before information is exempt information. It seems to me that the gist of the noble and learned Lord's argument is that they are distinct heads under which exemption can be claimed.