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Freedom of Information: Academies

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he plans to bring forward proposals to apply to academy schools the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. (305408)

On 16 July 2009, the Government published the response to its consultation on extending the Freedom of Information Act by means of a section 5 order. Academy schools were one of four bodies proposed for inclusion in this first section 5 order. These bodies are currently being consulted about their possible inclusion in a section 5 order and their responses will be taken into account in reaching a final decision on whether to designate them as public authorities under the Act.

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, the Government aim to bring forward a section 5 order early in the 2009-10 session.