David Maclean's controversial Bill to amend the Freedom of Information Act is likey to collapse tomorrow unless he can find a Peer willint to sponsor it. So far he has failed.
The Public Bill Office in the Lords tonight confirmed that they still had not been notified of a sponsor for the bill. Under parliamentary rules, a sponsor must come forward within 12 sitting days of the bill being introduced in the Lords if it is to proceed. That period expires tomorrow.
The measure could, in theory, be revived after that, but a sponsor would have to give eight days notice of his or her intention to back the measure.
Lord Tregarne had agreed to sponsor the Bill but backed off when he realised its 'hot potato' nature.