Freedom of Information Ten Minute Rule Bill


Freedom of Information

Recorded coverage of Labour MP Louise Haigh seeking leave to introduce her Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill under the ten minute rule.


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We come to the ten minute rule

motion. Belize heh.

I beg to move at

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least be given to bring in a bill to

make provision for the disclosure of

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information by public authorities on

persons contracted to provide

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services for them or on your behalf

to amend the field of information

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act 2004 connected purposes. Nearly

20 years on from the revolution of

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the Freedom of Information Act this

bill with extended parameters into

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the unaccountable outsourced estate.

It would enhance the existing powers

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available to private citizens,

investigate journalists and

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concerned communities so they are

not forced to wait through a swap of

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bureaucracy to get answers about

decisions made in your name. I would

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like to pay tribute to the members

are tapping on this for many years

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like the honourable member from

Hammersmith is a similar bill on the

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session and has focused on housing

associations which I will come to

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sharply. Those in power have had a

long and difficult Croatian ship

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with freedom of information, and

like much that challenges discovered

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it has met resistance at every step

of the way. The Thatcher government

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was so concerned with the 1980s and

warned that if all reduce the

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sovereignty of Parliament itself. In

that context it was remarkable about

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the last Labour government out of

power for 18 years committed itself

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to shining a light on the shadows

cast by decisions made behind closed

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doors. Tony Blair said at the time

this act is fundamental to changing

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the way we do politics in this

country. There are still far too

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much an addiction to secrecy and a

wish to conduct government business

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behind closed doors. Tony Blair did

of course come to regret that

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revolution, but nevertheless it was

nothing short of revolutionary.

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Literally thousands of cases on

every topic imaginable sort

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information drawn into the public

domain, expenses, bonuses, stop and

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search figures, the exposing of

child sex life by patient, all

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brought to light because of this

act. A Labour achievement and one we

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should be proud of. That is why the

last two Labour manifestos pledged

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to extend freedom of information to

those performing public services. We

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did is because he recognised the

freedom that Maggie Wien which

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freedom of information operate has

changed as the government addiction

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to outsourcing has exploded. The

collapse of Pirelli and as one

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recent example of an ever-growing

shadow state in which some of the

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government's were dubious policy

priorities are outsourced, leaving

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citizens in the dark about what is

happening in their name. Under the

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Coalition outsourcing almost doubled

to 120 billion pounds, never before

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has shareholder interest over the

public interest have such a large

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stake in the functioning of state.

Transparency and accountability has

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diminished and the limited scope of

the FOIA act allows too many of

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those well performing public

functions with public money to

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nonetheless hide behind a cloak of

secrecy. But decisions, warnings

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ignored, the results time and time

again are similar to the scandal

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exposed the past fortnight.

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