Monday, April 23, 2007

David Maclean's bill rises from the dead

Last Friday a group of MPs, including Norman Baker, Simon Hughes and David Winnick, did great work in talking out David Maclean's bill to exempt MPs from freedom of information legislation. It was sent to the back of the queue of private members' bills.

Except there is no queue.

The BBC reports:

A bill which would exempt MPs from the Freedom of Information Act is to be debated again - a week after its critics thought they had killed it off.

Opponents "talked out" the private member's bill introduced by former Tory chief whip David Maclean last week.

But since no other private bills are ready for debate, it will return to the Commons on Friday.

Let's hope the lads are up for the return leg this Friday.

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