HC Deb 11 March 1998 vol 308 c217W
Mr. Matthew Taylor

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster for what reasons applicants who make requests for information under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information are required to ask their hon. Members to submit their appeals to the Ombudsman; and if he will remove this requirement. [33846]

Dr. David Clark

Complaints to the Parliamentary Ombudsman in respect of alleged maladministration, which since 1994 has included non-compliance with the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information, are governed by S.6(3) of the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967. This requires complaints to be made to a Member of the House, although not necessarily to the complainant' s own Member. Under the proposed Freedom of Information Act set out in the White Paper "Your Right to Know" (Cm 3818), appeals would be made direct to the new Information Commissioner.

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