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

That is correct. The hon. Gentleman has put it very succinctly, as I should have done myself.

I think that I have covered the technical amendments, which offer a sensible redrafting of the Bill, and I am grateful for the legal advice that I have received. May I emphasise the principles and the motivation behind the Bill and commend the amendments to the Committee? I hope that colleagues are convinced, and I look forward to their comments—hopefully not on the technical amendments, but on the principles behind the Bill.