Press Notice 46, Session 2006-07

23 July 2007


PASC (the Public Administration Select Committee) is to take evidence on Tuesday about the impact of Freedom of Information on the ability of government to do its job - following the concerns raised in Alistair Darling’s leaked letter to the previous Lord Chancellor.

The Committee will hear from Richard Thomas and Graham Smith, the Information Commissioner and Deputy Information Commissioner, and from Maurice Frankel of the Campaign for Freedom of Information. The session will examine whether there have been unintended consequences of the FOI Act, including the suggestion that honest policy advice cannot now be written down for fear that it will end up in the public domain.

The evidence session will take place at 2.15pm on Tuesday 24 July in the Wilson Room, Portcullis House.


Committee Membership is as follows: Tony Wright (Chairman) (Lab) (Cannock Chase), Mr David Burrowes (Con) (Enfield, Southgate), Paul Flynn (Lab) (Newport West), David Heyes (Lab) (Ashton under Lyne), Kelvin Hopkins (Lab) (Luton North), Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Con) (Bridgewater), Julie Morgan (Lab) (Cardiff North), Mr Gordon Prentice (Lab) (Pendle), Paul Rowen (Lib Dem) (Rochdale), Charles Walker (Con) (Broxbourne), Jenny Willott (Lib Dem) (Cardiff Central)

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