You might wish to see the comments of Nick Harvey, Lib Dem Defence spokesman,
close to Ming, on this FOI Amendment Bill. Look in Hansard, Public Bill
Committee proceedings for 7 Feb. Nick Harvey supported the Bill in Committee.
Ming seems unaware of this or else typical Lib Dem hypocrisy? I am delighted by
Cameron statement and opposition.
I haven't been able to track down the record of this Committee yet as I am in the middle of recording some interviews, but if anyone would like to help me out and post the relevant sections I am sure we would also be grateful for this enlightenment. Like David Maclean, Nick Harvey is a member of the House of Commons Commission, which seems to be the body behind this iniquitous Bill.
Andrew Robothan also blows out of the water any rumours of Tory front bench support for this Bill. As Deputy Chief Whip he ought to know. Good on him for going public like this.
UPDATE: Nick Harvey's speech on the FOI Bill can be found HERE. It is quite clear from his speech that he supports the Bill. In particular he is concerned about the Additional Costs Allowance.
The problem, however, is that requests under the Freedom of Information Act
are becoming increasingly intrusive, particularly on issues such as the
additional costs allowance. In that respect, they are getting into very personal
realms—they are going behind the front door and into Members’ homes. I have
found myself having to defend Members on the radio against the proposition that
the public have the right to know exactly what is spent in each bedroom of their
homes if the money is claimed under the additional costs allowance. That is too
intrusive and is going too far.
If MPs claim expenses from the taxpayer related to their homes, then pray tell me why we shouldn't know what they have claimed?