Clause 1

Part of Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:45 am on 7th February 2007.

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Photo of David Maclean David Maclean Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee), Chair, Statutory Instruments (Select Committee) 10:45 am, 7th February 2007

I agree entirely. That guarantee has to be there. There may be other occasions when one writes to the chief constable, saying, as I have done, “I think your plans to amalgamate with Lancashire are all wrong. You’re barking mad.” Now, in such instances, one is not necessarily dealing with a constituent and so, it could be argued, it is more about policy and more in the public domain. Most Members of Parliamenthave press-released that information, because such comments are for public consumption. We have to be trusted to know when to put things in the public domain and when things should be confidential.