HC Deb 23 February 1999 vol 326 c211W
Mr. Baker

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the recent date set for the publication of a Freedom of Information Bill has been postponed. [72241]

Mr. Straw

Freedom of Information is a complex subject. There have been a great number of detailed issues to resolve before the Government could publish their draft Bill. It is essential to take the time to get this detail right so as to provide for an effective and workable Freedom of Information Act.