UK Liberty

Freedom from Scrutiny Bill votes

Posted in freedom of information by ukliberty on May 21, 2007

Public Whip now has the information online on who voted and whether it was “aye” or “no” for the Bill to proceed to the Lords.

You can see the majority of Conservatives who voted, voted “aye”.

Thirty Ministers and eight Parliamentary Private Secretaries voted for the Bill – all of whom are of course Labour – despite the Government being officially neutral (yeah, right).  Of course the Government stands up for openness and transparency (yeah, right) so why it chose to remain ‘neutral’ escapes me.

It might be worth noting that for all the Liberal Democrats’ official opposition to the Bill, only 11 out of the 62 turned up to vote.  That said, even the other 51 turning up wouldn’t have made any difference to the outcome.

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  1. Andy said, on May 22, 2007 at 9:13 am

    On a BBC Radio 4 article they made the point – I’ve no idea if this is true, but presumably – that the government almost always takes a stance *against* public member bills. They just “happen” to be neutral on this one.

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