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Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will use her powers to designate the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government as a public authority for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (89494)

We are still considering the impact of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on public bodies covered by the legislation and have not yet reached a view on the use of the power contained in section 5 of the Act which provides for extension of coverage. I am therefore not able to comment on whether the Improvement and Development Agency for Local Government is likely to be a designated as a public authority for the purposes of the Act.