Controversial FOI bill stalled

The controversial bill to exempt MPs from the Freedom of Information Act seems likely to fail because no-one in the House of Lords has agreed to sponsor it.

A sponsor was needed by the end of business on Wednesday, but no-one stepped forward. Although technically it could still be revived, it would be difficult to find time for a second reading.

Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, Tom McNally, who opposed the bill, said: "It seems very likely that this squalid little bill will no longer become law. We are happy that this bill will not become law. "It speaks volumes that no member of the House of Lords was prepared to support this legislation."

MP secrecy bill without sponsor (BBC news website, 13 June 2007)