House of Commons
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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000
EDM #930
Tabled 07 January 2016
2015-16 Session
This House believes that the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 exists to, amongst other things, help hold the Government account and improve the public's understanding of what it does; notes that a 2012 Justice Committee inquiry applauded the Act as significant enhancement of our democracy and that, in 2010, the Prime Minister expressed the intention that the Government should become the most open and transparent in the world; further notes that the existing FOI framework has led to the exposure of significant wrongdoings and information including the MPs' expenses scandal, how care home residents suffer dehydration-related deaths, police use of tasers on children, the degrading treatment of detained migrants, and how many NHS contracts are awarded to private companies; applauds the way in which the FOI Act has been used by newspapers and local and national journalists to shine a light on the workings of government and public authorities; is concerned at reports that the Government wants to water down FOI legislation with measures making it easier for authorities to refuse requests on cost grounds, introducing fees for requests and new restrictions on the release of information relating to internal Government discussions; considers that strengthening the Ministerial veto will not improve the FOI Act but will instead encourage secrecy and undermine accountability; and calls on the Government to drop its plans to amend the FOI Act on the basis that there is no value in fixing something that is not broken.

Signatures (40)

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.
In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.
Ahmed-Sheikh, Ms Tasmina
Scottish National Party
01 February 2016
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
12 January 2016
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
18 January 2016
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
27 January 2016
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
18 January 2016
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
28 January 2016
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
13 January 2016
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
09 February 2016
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
13 January 2016
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
13 January 2016
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
18 January 2016
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
12 January 2016
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
12 January 2016
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
12 January 2016
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
12 January 2016
Hoey, Kate
Labour
10 February 2016
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
22 January 2016
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
13 January 2016
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
03 February 2016
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
14 January 2016
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
12 January 2016
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
18 January 2016
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
20 January 2016
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
18 January 2016
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
14 January 2016
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
19 January 2016
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
12 January 2016
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
12 January 2016
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
13 January 2016
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
26 January 2016
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
10 February 2016
Thomson, Michelle
Independent
14 January 2016
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
14 January 2016
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
12 January 2016
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion