§ Ms Coffey
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will make a statement on Government policy in respect of freedom of information. 
§ Mr. Willetts
Our policy is based on the code of practice on access to Government information, which has been operating since 1994, together with legislation covering specific areas of information that the Government have introduced or supported. We believe that this meets the aims of freedom of information in a way that is less legalistic, less rigid and less costly than a general statutory access regime.