Network Rail

Justice written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the reasons are for the time taken to lay regulations to make Network Rail subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The regulations to extend the Freedom of Information Act to Network Rail will cover the functions of a public nature that it performs in accordance with section 7(5) of the Act. The Ministry of Justice and Department for Transport will work with Network Rail to identify correctly those functions and make sure that they are appropriately described in the draft regulations before they are laid. Section 5(3) of the Act requires that we consult Network Rail about its inclusion before regulations are made.

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