Clause 1

Part of Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:00 am on 7th February 2007.

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Photo of James Arbuthnot James Arbuthnot Chair, Defence Committee, Chair, Defence Committee 11:00 am, 7th February 2007

I, too, have received representations, not least from Index on Censorship, and I have been troubledby the argument that this element of the Billbefore us is redundant because correspondence and communications are already protected. From what the hon. Gentleman says, that is not the case, or at any rate it is not clear that it is already protected. Any legislation that clarifies such an important matter could well be beneficial.