Freedom of Information Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 pm on 14th November 2000.

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Photo of Lord Lucas Lord Lucas Conservative 11:15 pm, 14th November 2000

My Lords, I shall withdraw the amendment but not without saying that I do not think that the noble Lord is right in saying that Clause 10 and the amendment cover the matter.

The intention of this amendment is to cover all the little bits and pieces to do with later clauses in the Bill, with all the toings and froings with the commissioner and the tribunal,, where again we have a whole set of undefined times. I had hoped that the noble Lord would give me some comfort that the duty to proceed as fast as was proper in every case was one which would be imposed, one way or another, on public authorities. However, at this stage of the night, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.