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Friday, May 22, 2009
  EDM 1545 in Session 6-7
That EDM relates to opposing the attempts to exempt MPs expenses from FoI.

That this House notes the Third Reading of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill on 18th May; believes that it is inconsistent and unprincipled to seek to exempt the affairs of the House of Commons and House of Lords from the obligations of the Freedom of Information legislation, which applies to all other public authorities and only took effect in 2005; believes that the passage into law of the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill would fundamentally undermine respect for both Houses of Parliament, all the Houses' hon. Members and officers, and most importantly Parliament's ability to have any authority or set any example on issues of accountability, openness or transparency in Government and public life; and believes that the argument that more laws are needed to protect confidentiality of correspondence between hon. Members and those whom they represent is not made out on the evidence, should only be introduced if careful and considered advice confirms an agreed need for changes to the law, and should not be used as an excuse, justification or distraction for a major attack on the rights of British citizens to hold to account all hon. Members of Parliament passing laws in their name.


Conservative Party
Shepherd, Richard
Open: 1 Closed: 0
Labour Party
Corbyn, Jeremy
Devine, Jim
Dobbin, Jim
Fisher, Mark
Hopkins, Kelvin
Jackson, Glenda
Jones, Lynne
Open: 7 Closed: 0
Liberal Democrats
Alexander, Danny
Baker, Norman
Barrett, John
Beith, Alan
Brake, Tom
Breed, Colin
Brooke, Annette
Browne, Jeremy
Bruce, Malcolm
Burstow, Paul
Burt, Lorely
Cable, Vincent
Carmichael, Alistair
Clegg, Nick
Davey, Edward
Farron, Timothy
Featherstone, Lynne
Foster, Don
George, Andrew
Goldsworthy, Julia
Hancock, Mike
Harris, Evan
Heath, David
Hemming, John
Holmes, Paul
Horwood, Martin
Howarth, David
Hughes, Simon
Huhne, Chris
Hunter, Mark
Keetch, Paul
Kennedy, Charles
Kramer, Susan
Lamb, Norman
Laws, David
Leech, John
Moore, Michael
Mulholland, Greg
Oaten, Mark
Opik, Lembit
Pugh, John
Reid, Alan
Rennie, Willie
Rogerson, Daniel
Rowen, Paul
Sanders, Adrian
Smith, Robert
Stunell, Andrew
Swinson, Jo
Taylor, Matthew
Teather, Sarah
Webb, Steve
Williams, Mark
Williams, Roger
Williams, Stephen
Willis, Phil
Willott, Jenny
Open: 57 Closed: 0
Plaid Cymru
Llwyd, Elfyn
Williams, Hywel
Open: 2 Closed: 0
Respect
Galloway, George
Open: 1 Closed: 0
Scottish National Party
MacNeil, Angus
Open: 1 Closed: 0
Social Democratic and Labour Party
McDonnell, Alasdair
McGrady, Eddie
Open: 2 Closed: 0
Ulster Unionist Party
Hermon, Lady
 
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