Clause 2

Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 11:15 pm 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)

I beg to move amendment No. 2, in clause 2, page 1, line 15, at end insert—

‘(2A) This Act does not apply in relation to any request for information which is made to a public authority before the Act comes into force.

(2B) In subsection (2A) “request for information” and “public authority” have the same meaning as in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.’.

Photo of Martin Caton Martin Caton Labour, Gower

With this it will be convenient to discuss clause stand part.

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)

I do not intend to speak in relation to clause stand part. The amendment is technical and is again based on legal advice. The first part makes it clear that the Bill would not apply retrospectively and would not expunge requests for information made before the Bill comes into force. The other part of the amendment is simply an interpretation provision, making it clear that the terminology used in the Bill means the same as that used in the 2000 Act.

I believe that the amendment is wise and sensible and I commend it to the Committee.

Amendment agreed to.

Clause 2, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Bill, as amended, to be reported.

Committee rose at half-past Eleven o’clock.