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Freedom of Information

Justice written question – answered on 18th June 2009.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Attorney General, Shadow Secretary of State

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to the consultation on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

In my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister's statement on Constitutional Renewal on 10 June 2009, Hansard, columns 797-99, he emphasised the Government's plans to look at broadening the application of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Government are considering carefully the responses to the public consultation on extending the Act through a Section 5 order. This could include within the scope of the Act bodies performing functions of a public nature and contractors providing services that are functions of public authorities. The Government will publish their response to the consultation shortly.

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