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Cabinet Office clearing house and Freedom of Information

EDM (Early Day Motion) 205: tabled on 15 June 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 32 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House believes that the Freedom of Information Act (2000) is a landmark piece of legislation which, when properly applied, helps to achieve democratic, public accountability and transparency across government; regrets that, too often, legitimate applications from the public are frustrated, delayed or illegitimately denied; notes that a key principle of the legislation is that requests should be treated in a “applicant-blind” process; further notes with concern indications that the Cabinet Office has been operating a secretive Clearing House, logging and scrutinising the identities of applicants, and withholding information to individuals based on their work as journalists; notes that the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office went on public record to call such reports “ridiculous and tendentious”; recognises that in a recent Informational Tribunal ruling, the judge found that arguments presented in court by the Cabinet Office about the controversial Clearing House unit were ‘misleading’ and that there is a “profound lack of transparency about the operation”, which might “extend to ministers”; welcomes the vital investigations being held by the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee into these matters, and joins Open Democracy and the National Union of Journalists in calling on the Committee to investigate whether any breach of the Ministerial Code has been committed; and urges that all necessary steps are taken to ensure that Freedom of Information legislation is properly applied and enforced.

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.

Barker, Paula
Labour
Signed on 15 June 2021
Liverpool, Wavertree
Whitley, Mick
Labour
Signed on 15 June 2021
Birkenhead
Osborne, Kate
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Jarrow
Webbe, Claudia
Independent
Signed on 16 June 2021
Leicester East
Gwynne, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Denton and Reddish
MacAskill, Kenny
Alba Party
Signed on 16 June 2021
East Lothian
Long Bailey, Rebecca
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Salford and Eccles
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 June 2021
Edinburgh East
Thomson, Richard
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 June 2021
Gordon
Dorans, Allan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 16 June 2021
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Johnson, Kim
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Liverpool, Riverside
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Wansbeck
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Hemsworth
Foy, Mary Kelly
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
City of Durham
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Gateshead
Byrne, Ian
Labour
Signed on 16 June 2021
Liverpool, West Derby
Lake, Ben
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 17 June 2021
Ceredigion
Chamberlain, Wendy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 June 2021
North East Fife
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 21 June 2021
Arfon
Monaghan, Carol
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 June 2021
Glasgow North West
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 21 June 2021
Motherwell and Wishaw
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 21 June 2021
Hayes and Harlington
Jardine, Christine
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 June 2021
Edinburgh West
Carden, Dan
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2021
Liverpool, Walton
Ribeiro-Addy, Bell
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2021
Streatham
Hanvey, Neale
Alba Party
Signed on 29 June 2021
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.