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FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

EDM (Early Day Motion) 930: tabled on 07 January 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 40 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

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.

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
Signed on 1 February 2016
Ochil and South Perthshire
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 January 2016
Carshalton and Wallington
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 27 January 2016
Edinburgh North and Leith
Brown, Alan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2016
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Cadbury, Ruth
Labour
Signed on 28 January 2016
Brentford and Isleworth
Cameron, Dr Lisa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 January 2016
East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 9 February 2016
Blyth Valley
Cherry, Joanna
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 January 2016
Edinburgh South West
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 13 January 2016
West Lancashire
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2016
Lanark and Hamilton East
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 12 January 2016
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Motherwell and Wishaw
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2016
Birmingham, Hall Green
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Airdrie and Shotts
Hoey, Kate
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2016
Vauxhall
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 22 January 2016
Manchester, Gorton
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 January 2016
Dundee West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 February 2016
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McDonald, Stewart Malcolm
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 January 2016
Glasgow South
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Falkirk
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2016
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Newlands, Gavin
Scottish National Party
Signed on 20 January 2016
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 18 January 2016
East Dunbartonshire
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 January 2016
Stirling
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 19 January 2016
Bolton South East
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
South Down
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 12 January 2016
Edinburgh East
Stephens, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 13 January 2016
Glasgow South West
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 January 2016
Glasgow Central
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
Midlothian
Thomson, Michelle
Independent
Signed on 14 January 2016
Edinburgh West
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 January 2016
Ceredigion
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 12 January 2016
Walsall North

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.