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Official Information Legislation

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service if, while considering representations on official information legislation, he will undertake a study of the hearings of sub-committees of the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on how the United States Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act have made life easier for terrorists, spies, and subversive groups and individuals.

A study of overseas practice on the disclosure of official information has already been undertaken. The report of this study, a copy of which is in the Library, includes a chapter on the working of the Freedom of Information Act in the United States.