Clause 1

Part of Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 pm on 7th February 2007.

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Photo of Fraser Kemp Fraser Kemp Labour, Houghton and Washington East 11:15 pm, 7th February 2007

The hon. Gentleman talks about special status for Members of Parliament, but what we want is really special protection for our constituents. An FOI case was brought against me last year involving the complex immigration case of a family that had fled persecution for its religious beliefs. I do not know who brought it, although I suspect, given the correspondence that I had, that the far right was after the family. However, neither I nor the family should even have been putin that position if there was any doubt whether information should be released about the family members, and particularly the teenage children. What we want, therefore, is protection for such families, not for ourselves.