Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill — Third Reading — 18 May 2007 at 13:46
The majority of MPs voted in favour of a Bill which would have excluded Parliament from the scope of Freedom of Information law and explicitly exempted correspondence between a Member of Parliament and a public authority from disclosure.
Owing to no member of the House of Lords picking it up, the proposal was deliberately lost in the Parliamentary process.
- remove the provisions permitting Ministers to overrule decisions of the Information Commissioner and Information Tribunal;
- limit the time allowed for public authorities to respond to requests involving consideration of the public interest; and
- amend the definition of public authorities.
But the session ended before it could reach a debate.
-  Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill to the Freedom of Information Act 2000
-  MP secrecy bill without sponsor, BBC News, 14 June 2007
-  Freedom of Information (Amendment) (No. 2) Bill, House of Lords, June 2007
-  Tom Brake MP, House of Commons, 12 June 2007
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||18 (+1 tell)||5||0||12.2%|
|Lab||78 (+1 tell)||9||0||25.0%|
|LDem||0||9 (+2 tell)||0||17.5%|
|James Clappison||Hertsmere||Con (front bench)||no|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||no|
|John Maples||Stratford-on-Avon||Con (front bench)||no|
|Richard Shepherd||Aldridge-Brownhills||Con (front bench)||no|
|Jeremy Corbyn||Islington North||Lab||no|
|Jim Cousins||Newcastle upon Tyne Central||Lab (minister)||no|
|Frank Field||Birkenhead||Lab (minister)||no|
|Mark Fisher||Stoke-on-Trent Central||Lab||no|
|Neil Gerrard||Walthamstow||Lab (minister)||no|
|Dan Norris||Wansdyke||Lab (minister)||no|
|Peter Soulsby||Leicester South||Lab (minister)||no|
|David Winnick||Walsall North||Lab (minister)||no|