Constitutional Affairs Committee

Press notice No.18 of session 2005-06
13 March 2006


Freedom of Information: one year on

The Constitutional Affairs Committee will hold three evidence sessions on Freedom of Information: one year on. The inquiry was announced on 24 January 2006 ( Press Notice 13, Session 2005-06).

The Committee will consider the impact, so far, of the legislation; the inquiry's terms of reference are:

»The role of the Information Commissioner in providing guidance, issuing decisions and participating in Information Tribunals;

»Requesters' experiences of the first year of FOI implementation;

»Public authorities' experiences of FOI implementation;

»The role of the DCA in providing central guidance, including the operation of the central government clearing house.

Details of the oral evidence sessions are as follows:

Tuesday 14 March, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House 4.15pm
Richard Thomas, Information Commissioner and Graham Smith, Deputy Information Commissioner

Tuesday 28 March, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House 4.15pm
Maurice Frankel, Director, Campaign for the Freedom of Information, Steve Wood, Lecturer, John Moores University and David Hencke, the Guardian
Dr Lydia Pollard, Improvement and Development Agency (I&DeA) and Ian Readhead, Deputy Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary and Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)

Tuesday 18 April, The Wilson Room, Portcullis House 4.15pm
Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs

Transcripts of the sessions will be available on Reports and Publications page of the Committee's website:

1. The Committee's previous report: Freedom of Information Act 2000€”progress towards implementation ( HC 79, Session 2004-05), was published in December 2004.
2. Committee Membership is as follows: Rt Hon Alan Beith MP (Chairman), James Brokenshire MP David Howarth MP, Ms Barbara Keeley MP, Mr Piara S Khabra MP, Jessica Morden MP, Julie Morgan MP, Mr Andrew Tyrie MP, Keith Vaz MP, Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Jeremy Wright MP