All-party briefing on the Commission on FOI


The Commission on Freedom of Information

and the future of the FOI Act


2.30 pm Monday 30 November 2015

House of Commons, Committee Room 9



Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Opposition

The Rt Hon David Davis MP, Conservative, Haltemprice and Howden

Lord Tyler, Lib Dem, Constitutional & Political Reform Spokesperson

The Commission on Freedom of Information was set up by the government in July 2015 to consider the case for new restrictions to the Freedom of Information Act. Its members are Lord Burns (chair), the Rt Hon Jack Straw, the Rt Hon Lord Howard of Lympne, Lord Carlile of Berriew and Dame Patricia Hodgson.

Its terms of reference are “to consider whether there is an appropriate public interest balance between transparency, accountability and the need for sensitive information to have robust protection, and whether the operation of the Act adequately recognises the need for a “safe space” for policy development and implementation and frank advice. The Commission may also consider the balance between the need to maintain public access to information, and the burden of the Act on public authorities, and whether change is needed to moderate that while maintaining public access to information.”

Its consultation is open until 20 November 2015. The consultation document is available from

This briefing is organised by the Campaign for Freedom of Information together with ARTICLE 19. This is not a public meeting as the size of the room is unfortunately not large enough. But if you can encourage any MPs and peers you work with to come along that would be appreciated.

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