Extending freedom of information

I am sponsoring my Lib Dem colleague Tom Brake’s 10 Minute Rule Bill today which extends the Freedom of Information Act to stop ministers having the final say and putting that say instead in the hands of the Information Commissioner and Tribunal. It also brings in laws about delay – as prevarication is often the game and non-supply – let alone timely supply. It would also brings private contractors who do public sector contract work into the remit of freedom of information legislation. So – a good thing to be sponsoring!