Freedom of Information Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 10:55 pm on 14th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish Lord MacKay of Ardbrecknish Crossbench 10:55 pm, 14th November 2000

My Lords, if my interpretation is misguided it is because what I have heard has been confused. I was about to say that I will withdraw my amendment. I shall read very carefully the code of practice in order to be certain in my own mind that it is strong enough to ensure that public authorities do not use this as an excuse to hide information which ought to be made public. I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.