HC Deb 27 April 2004 vol 420 c894W
31. Mr. Gordon Marsden

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will make a statement on access by the public to local authority records under freedom of information legislation. [168415]

Mr. Lammy

All public authorities, are subject to the Freedom of Information Act. When access rights come into force on 1 January 2005 anybody may request information from a local authority. The applicant has the rightTo be told whether or not the public authority holds that information; and if so, To have that information communicated to him or her.