Early day motion 930

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This House believes that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 exists to, amongst other things, help hold the Government account and improve the public's understanding of what it does; notes that a 2012 Justice Committee inquiry applauded the Act as significant enhancement of our democracy and that, in 2010, the Prime Minister expressed the intention that the Government should become the most open and transparent in the world; further notes that the existing FOI framework has led to the exposure of significant wrongdoings and information including the MPs' expenses scandal, how care home residents suffer dehydration-related deaths, police use of tasers on children, the degrading treatment of detained migrants, and how many NHS contracts are awarded to private companies; applauds the way in which the FOI Act has been used by newspapers and local and national journalists to shine a light on the workings of government and public authorities; is concerned at reports that the Government wants to water down FOI legislation with measures making it easier for authorities to refuse requests on cost grounds, introducing fees for requests and new restrictions on the release of information relating to internal Government discussions; considers that strengthening the Ministerial veto will not improve the FOI Act but will instead encourage secrecy and undermine accountability; and calls on the Government to drop its plans to amend the FOI Act on the basis that there is no value in fixing something that is not broken.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Ahmed-Sheikh, Tasmina Scottish National Party Ochil and South Perthshire 01.02.2016
Black, Mhairi Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire South 12.01.2016
Brake, Tom Liberal Democrats Carshalton and Wallington 18.01.2016
Brock, Deidre Scottish National Party Edinburgh North and Leith 27.01.2016
Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 18.01.2016
Cadbury, Ruth Labour Party Brentford and Isleworth 28.01.2016
Cameron, Lisa Scottish National Party East Kilbride Strathaven and Lesmahagow 13.01.2016
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 09.02.2016
Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 13.01.2016
Cooper, Rosie Labour Party West Lancashire 13.01.2016
Crawley, Angela Scottish National Party Lanark and Hamilton East 18.01.2016
Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 11.01.2016
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 11.01.2016
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 12.01.2016
Fellows, Marion Scottish National Party Motherwell and Wishaw 12.01.2016
Ferrier, Margaret Scottish National Party Rutherglen and Hamilton West 11.01.2016
Godsiff, Roger Labour Party Birmingham Hall Green 12.01.2016
Gray, Neil Scottish National Party Airdrie and Shotts 12.01.2016
Hoey, Kate Labour Party Vauxhall 10.02.2016
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 11.01.2016
Kaufman, Gerald Labour Party Manchester Gorton 22.01.2016
Law, Chris Scottish National Party Dundee West 13.01.2016
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 07.01.2016
MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 03.02.2016
McDonald, Stewart Scottish National Party Glasgow South 14.01.2016
McNally, John Scottish National Party Falkirk 12.01.2016
Monaghan, Paul Scottish National Party Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross 18.01.2016
Newlands, Gavin Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire North 20.01.2016
Nicolson, John Scottish National Party East Dunbartonshire 18.01.2016
Paterson, Steven Scottish National Party Stirling 14.01.2016
Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 19.01.2016
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 12.01.2016
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 11.01.2016
Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 12.01.2016
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 13.01.2016
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 26.01.2016
Thompson, Owen Scottish National Party Midlothian 10.02.2016
Thomson, Michelle INDEPENDENT Edinburgh West 14.01.2016
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 14.01.2016
Winnick, David Labour Party Walsall North 12.01.2016