Fifth evidence session of Justice Committee announced

The fifth evidence session of the Justice Committee’s post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 has been announced. It will take place next Tuesday, 17 April, and evidence will be heard from the following:

At 10.30am

  • Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

At 11.30am

  • Dr Nick Palmer, Director of International and Corporate Relations;
  • Michelle Thew, Chief Executive; and
  • David Thomas, Legal Consultant, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection

The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection’s written evidence is here.

In 2009 Jack Straw, famously, as Justice Secretary, was the first minister to exercise the government power of veto under section 53 of the FOI Act, in order to prevent disclosure of minutes of Cabinet meeting during the run-up to the Iraq war in 2003. See the Campaign for Freedom of Information’s press release at the time.

The Daily Telegraph also reported in 2009 that Straw was part of a delegation of MPs who lobbied the then Information Commissioner as he was investigating complaints about refusals to disclose details of MPs’ expenses claims.

saveFOI plan to live-tweet this session, as we have with all four previous ones.

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