Freedom of Information Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:30 pm on 14th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish Crossbench 9:30 pm, 14th November 2000

My Lords, I am relieved to say that, fortunately, I was nowhere near the BSE issues. So I am afraid that I do not know the answer to that question.

Referring to this clause in Committee--which was then Clause 33--the noble Lord, Lord Goodhart, said:

"Clause 33 as it now stands is one of the most objectionable provisions left in the Bill".

I think that the noble Lord recognises his words.

"It plainly requires a harm test to make it acceptable, as well as other changes that we shall be considering shortly. It seems to me that this represents a step backwards, both from the code and from the White Paper. Therefore, I very much hope that the Government will see their way to changing their view on the subject of these amendments".--[Official Report, 24/10/00; col. 278.]

I very much hope so too. I beg to move.