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Freedom of Information: Members’ Constituency Work

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will bring forward measures to prevent correspondence between hon. Members and (a) health authorities and (b) hospital trusts relating to constituents’ case work from being released under Freedom of Information requests. (127688)

The Freedom of Information Act already contains a number of exemptions that protect information held by public authorities where appropriate. This may include information contained in hon. Members’ correspondence. The hon. Gentleman may be aware that the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border has tabled a Private Member’s Bill which would amend the Freedom of Information Act to create a single exemption to cover hon. Members’ correspondence.