Clause 1

Part of Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 7th February 2007.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Trade & Industry Committee, Chair, Trade & Industry Committee 10:30 am, 7th February 2007

My hon. Friend makes an interesting point about chief constables. From time to time, I have to write to the chief constable or other police officers   with information relating to criminal activity in my constituency. Recently, information that I passed in relation to one case led to prosecutions and successful convictions. The individual who passed that information to me needs the guarantee of total anonymity. A freedom of information request could destroy that guarantee.