§ Mr. Baker
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the timetable for the introduction of a Freedom of Information Bill set out by the former Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster remains unaltered. 
§ Mr. Straw
In my letter of 29 September to my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan), a copy of which has been placed in the Library, I said that there was still a good deal of work to be done in58W translating the principles in the White Paper "Your Right to Know" into legislation. I have therefore increased resources devoted to this and set in hand a programme of work to deliver a draft Freedom of Information Bill early in the New Year.
§ Mr. Coaker
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to prepare for implementation of the proposed Freedom of Information Act. 
§ Mr. Straw
A culture of greater openness will be crucial to the successful implementation of a Freedom of Information Act. Implementation of the Act will not be for Government alone but will need to be addressed by a wide variety of public authorities.
I am considering the best way of promoting cultural change, and I intend to set out proposals for delivering such a change in due course.