“The obligation to provide information for disclosure pursuant to s 1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 was distinct from and not limited by the obligation to provide information for disclosure in a publication scheme pursuant to s 19 of that Act. Members of Parliament could not expect to contract out of compliance with the freedom of information legislation nor expect the House of Commons, for its own purposes, to suspend or dispense with legislation without expressly amending or repealing it. Details of a member’s residential address did not benefit from exemption under s40 of the 2000 Act and disclosure was justified in accordance with para 6(1) of Schedule 2 to the Data Protection Act 1998 where it was ordered as part of a disclosure of information concerning a deeply flawed system of payment of members’ expenses.”
WLR Daily, 19th May 2008
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