All 19 results for "freedom of information" speaker:Lord Hain

Written Answers — Wales: Departmental Freedom of Information (8 Dec 2009)

Peter Hain: In 2008-09 the Wales Office received 49 requests under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 42 of these were answered within 20 days.

Written Answers — Wales: Departmental Freedom of Information (10 Nov 2009)

Peter Hain: The Wales Office has a correspondence unit whose primary function is to co-ordinate the correspondence the Department receives. A small part of their role is also to manage Freedom of Information requests. From 2005 until 2008, the Unit consisted of three members of staff. Since 2008, the unit has been staffed by two members. As much of the work of the unit covers other responsibilities, the...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (14 Jun 2007)

Peter Hain: The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) is not included within schedule 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Organisations will be considered in the context of any review of extending the coverage of the Freedom of Information Act. We have no plans to review the coverage of the Act at present.

Written Answers — Wales: Departments: Freedom of Information (26 Feb 2007)

Peter Hain: In spring 2006, the Department for Constitutional Affairs conducted an exercise across central Government Departments to assess the time taken to process freedom of information requests received in a monitored period. The Wales Office undertook no special exercise to make its estimate, and incurred no discernible extra cost.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Freedom of Information Act (23 Oct 2006)

Peter Hain: The Freedom of Information Act allows for public authorities to determine when the cost of processing a request will exceed the appropriate limit, which for central Government is set at £600 and for the wider public sector £450. In this instance the public authority may decide to either approach the applicant to help them refine their request and where possible to bring it under the...

Written Answers — Wales: Freedom of Information Act (16 Feb 2006)

Peter Hain: The Wales Office has not received any monies for providing information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Statistics about requests received under the Freedom of Information Act are published by the Department of Constitutional Affairs on a quarterly basis.

Written Answers — Wales: Freedom of Information (6 Dec 2005)

Peter Hain: Statistics about requests received under the Freedom of Information Act are published by the Department of Constitutional Affairs on a quarterly basis. In the first six months since January 2005 (when the Act came into force) the figures show that the Wales Office received 49 requests. 42 were answered within the 20 day deadline and four were answered within an agreed extended deadline. The...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Freedom of Information (10 Oct 2005)

Peter Hain: .... The next bulletin is due in the autumn of this year, while an annual report is also published in early 2006. Between 1 January 2005 and 31 March 2005 the Northern Ireland Office had received 80 Freedom of Information requests, of which 14 were wholly exempted, 18 partly exempted and 14 were granted in full. The Office of the First and Deputy First Minister published statistics on the...

Business of the House (10 Feb 2005)

Peter Hain: ...Members would do exactly the same, in the interests of the nation and of the people of Northern Ireland. I remind the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire that this Government introduced the Freedom of Information Act. We want it to work well. The information that has come from the Treasury about Black Wednesday has nothing to do with Ministers. However, the previous Conservative...

Business of the House (10 Feb 2005)

Peter Hain: ...the hon. Gentleman on getting in a reference once again to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster—he is absolutely expert at doing so. On the substance of the hon. Gentleman's point, no, the Freedom of Information Act is very clear. Ministers are under an obligation to respect its terms and to implement it in full in response to requests, and we are doing so. I realise that the...

Business of the House (10 Feb 2005)

Peter Hain: First, the proceedings of Cabinet Committees are obviously confidential—that is the only way that the Government can work—but any request that the hon. Gentleman may make under the Freedom of Information Act will be considered under the terms of the Act. I should have thought that, as a Liberal Democrat, he supported the Government for the fact that we have introduced the Freedom of...

Business of the House (10 Feb 2005)

Peter Hain: ...is a good thing—and it makes the Government more transparent and accountable. Parliamentary questions are answered in accordance with the rules of parliamentary procedure. The operation of the Freedom of Information Act is a related, though separate, matter.

Business of the House (2 Dec 2004)

Peter Hain: ...it. The hon. Gentleman is an expert conspiracy theorist. He is eloquent and diligent in his chasing of those theories, but this one takes the biscuit. Of course, a Labour Government introduced the Freedom of Information Act, and there are consequences as a result of that, including his ability to ask spurious questions.

Business of the House (14 Oct 2004)

Peter Hain: ...could well have continued, had Saddam stayed in power under Liberal Democrat policy. When we talk about judgment, we need to take account of the consequences of allowing him to stay in power. On the freedom of information disclosure of Members' expenses, I very much welcome the all-party agreement. It affects everyone equally. I also take account of the hon. Gentleman's point that the...

Business of the House (26 Feb 2004)

Peter Hain: My hon. Friend will know that the Government introduced both legislation to protect whistleblowers and the Freedom of Information Act 2000, so our record in this respect is very good indeed. However, she is of course able to apply for a debate and to question the Solicitor-General when she appears in the House shortly.

Business of the House (22 Jan 2004)

Peter Hain: I will be in a position to announce that in future weeks. On the right hon. Gentleman's specific question, I remind him that we as a Labour Government introduced the Freedom of Information Act, because we believe in freedom of information.

Orders of the Day — Clause 79: Official Secrets (26 Mar 1998)

Peter Hain: I apologise for rising so early in the debate, but I thought that it might assist the House if I were to respond to some of the points now. As a long-standing advocate of the principle of freedom of information and a campaigner against official secrecy laws applied in a draconian fashion, there is no way in which I would have been party to any assembly Member being gagged; nor was it ever the...

Orders of the Day — Clause 79: Official Secrets (26 Mar 1998)

Peter Hain: I tell my hon. Friend that there is absolutely no confusion. Members of the Welsh assembly will be as free in their new assembly in Cardiff as he is in this place to express a view. Page four of the freedom of information White Paper "Your Right to Know"—a very important document, which will be followed by legislation in the House—states: In Wales, the Act will cover the National Assembly...

Health Service and Community Care (17 Apr 1991)

Peter Hain: ...of their own volition radically recast their priorities. That is why decentralisation of power through newly invigorated local councils and an elected assembly for Wales are so vital. That is why a freedom of information Act and an elected second Chamber are so essential. The voice of the people must be heard, not smothered by anachronistic and elitist institutions of Government. During...


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