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Members’ Constituency Work

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Leader of the House if he will bring forward proposals to bring hon. Members' correspondence relating to constituency case work under the ambit of Parliamentary proceedings for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (127687)

The Government recognise the need for hon. Members’ constituency work to be able to be conducted with appropriate confidentiality. The Government are considering the case for further guidance to public authorities as to how the exemptions should be applied in the case of hon. Members’ constituency correspondence. As the hon. Member will be aware, the right hon. Member for Penrith and the Border (David Maclean) has brought forward a private Member’s bill which would amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to create a single exemption to cover hon. Members’ correspondence.

The Government will continue to listen to the views of hon. Members on the best way forward to ensure that constituency correspondence is given the necessary protection.