Members of the Information Rights User Group are as follows:
lan Readhead, Deputy Chief Constable of Hampshire
Peter Bottomley, MP
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Professor Robert Hazell
Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner (observer)
Lord Lester is a Liberal Democrat peer. Paul Bettison is leader of Bracknell Forest borough council (Conservative) and Peter Bottomley is a Conservative MP.
Information about the political affiliations of the other members is not held. The membership has been drawn solely on the ability of the group to assist Government in ensuring that public authorities are responsive to the needs of the users of both the Freedom of Information and Data Protection Acts and the Environmental Information Regulations. Political affiliation was not used as criteria for the selection of the User Group members.