UK Liberty

Freedom from Scrutiny Bill undermined

Posted in freedom of information by ukliberty on May 27, 2007

[hat-tip James Hammerton]

The Independent:

A campaign by MPs to remove themselves from open government laws in order to protect the privacy of their constituents has been seriously undermined by the UK’s information watchdog.

Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, said he had not received any complaints from members of the public that their correspondence with an MP had been wrongly disclosed under the terms of the two-year-old legislation.

I still want someone to explain why a Bill to protect correspondence totally exempts both Houses of Parliament.

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