UK Liberty

More on the Freedom from Scrutiny Bill

Posted in accountability, freedom of information by ukliberty on April 24, 2007

The MP behind it, David Maclean (Penrith & The Border, Conservative), is a member of the House of Commons Commission.

The Commission is the overall supervisory body of the House of Commons Administration. It prepares and lays before the House the Estimates for the House of Commons Service (but not for the Members Estimate – see below); it decides most matters of policy; and it appoints staff of the House, and determines their pay, pensions and other conditions of service.

As I understand it, it is effectively the House of Commons Commission that fought Norman Baker all the way to the Information Tribunal in his two year battle to have the Commons publish detailed breakdowns of MPs’ expenses.

Other than that, the Committee transcript seems more worth read than the recent debate.

It seems worth emphasising that the bill was much more broad than its ostensible (and in my opinion worthy) ‘main’ purpose – the protection of the communications between MP and constituent.

Interesting that not one MP objected to it on Second Reading – this apparently could have blocked it altogether, because there were less than 100 MPs present.

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