Freedom of information

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on freedom of information. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

POSTnotes

DateDescription
15.07.2014Big Data and Business
POSTnote exploring how big data is being used by UK companies and the challenges and opportunities it presents.
15.07.2014Big Data Overview
This POSTnote gives an overview of big data.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
19.12.2011Memorandum to the Justice Select Committee on Post-legislative assessment of the Freedom of Information...
Justice Select Committee report [Commons]
13.10.2009Policing process of Home Office leaks inquiry.
Government response. Home Office; Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
09.06.2009Access to EU documents.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
31.03.2009Policing process of Home Office leaks inquiry.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
03.02.2009The work of the Information Commissioner: appointment of a new Commissioner.
Justice Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
08.09.2010COVERT SURVEILLANCE BY LOCAL COUNCILS
That this House is concerned by the moral hazard involved in covert surveillance by local councils; regrets that this was enabled and encouraged by the previous Labour Government's ...
23.06.2010FREEDOM OF INFORMATION IN THE EU
That this House believes that all levels of government should be underpinned by the principle of good governance; notes the importance that transparency brings to public accountability ...
08.06.2010FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND ANIMAL EXPERIMENTATION
That this House notes that section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, as recently interpreted by the Court of Appeal, prevents the Home Office from disclosing all information, ...
13.01.2010FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND COMPANIES OWNED BY TWO OR MORE PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
That this House notes that section 6 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, with certain exceptions, makes companies wholly owned by the Crown or by a single public authority subject ...
12.01.2010FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 AND THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLD
That this House notes the contribution to UK society of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; further notes the importance of public accountability; believes that the public has a right ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses