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Freedom of Information

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to the consultation on extending the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (279879)

In my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister’s statement on Constitutional Renewal on 10 June 2009, Official Report, columns 797-99, he emphasised the Government’s plans to look at broadening the application of the Freedom of Information Act.

The Government are considering carefully the responses to the public consultation on extending the Act through a Section 5 order. This could include within the scope of the Act bodies performing functions of a public nature and contractors providing services that are functions of public authorities. The Government will publish their response to the consultation shortly.