Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Maclean FOI Bill Will Die Tomorrow

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.

10 comments:

verity said...

Iain - is this the Bill that was to have excused MPs from being subjected to the FoI Bill?

Iain Dale said...

yes

Anonymous said...

Now it just needs a silver stake through its heart, with accompanying garlic, crossroads, etc.

No doubt Maclean's reputation suffered a similar fate some while ago.

wonderfulforhisage said...

Well done your Lordships.

Could there be any better demonstration of how well the 'Lords' works as it is.

Please Gordon B. 'If it ain't broke don't fix it.'

'Power to the People' oh yes. But......tempered.

sir bentley pauncefoot said...

And all to protect the old fool from scrutiny over a dodgy quad bike. No wonder we despise politicians so much.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Blair should have tacitly approved of it - he who now wants all media, including the Net, more closely controlled and regulated, in case they should scrutinise him and his ilk too closely for comfort.

verity said...

The cash for titles investigation hasn't closed down, Tony. You are being scrutised by some very clever people, with very sophisticated equipment. I think you have enough to worry about without getting involved in trying to regulate the internet.

For someone who apparently isn't too clear on how to send an email, you might want to step back from this one.

Matt Davis said...

Excellent news, let's hope this dispicable and indefensible bill is totally and permanently dead now.

Anonymous said...

I'm still not voting for my local Tory MP who essentially said that one of the reasons he voted for it because he didn't want the press to know how much he (I'm sure he meant we) paid his wife.

Anonymous said...

I hear that Trefgarne (although scared off as it was a 'hot potato') worked very very hard to find a person to sponsor it.

Says a lot about the general feeling in the Lords really.