The House of Lords have approved Regulations giving academy schools more time to respond to Freedom of Information requests during school holidays. The Department for Education minister Nick Gibb recently confirmed that the FOI Act would apply to schools converting to academies from September 2010 and to existing academies from January 2011.
The Regulations ensure that academies will be subject to the same timeframes as the schools covered by The Freedom of Information (Time for Compliance with Request) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 2004/3364) and The Freedom of Information (Time for Compliance with Request) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 2009/1369).
During a short debate on the Regulations, Lord Campbell-Savours highlighted a case of severe delay by a school responding to FOI requests made by the MP Ann Clywd.