FOI amendment bill deferred until 18th May

The Commons debate on David Maclean's controversial bid to exempt parliament from freedom of information laws which was due to take place on Friday has been deferred until next month in what opponents fear is a political manoeuvre to push the changes through.

MPs opposed to the proposal to exempt MPs and parliament from freedom of information requests believe the decision by David Maclean, the former Tory chief whip, to delay his bill is merely a delaying tactic to try and get greater support for his bill.

MP delays FoI exemption bill (The Guardian, 27 April 2007)

Commons FOI debate delayed until May (Press Gazette, 27 April 2007)