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Freedom of information oral evidence sessions in January

The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information will hold 2 oral evidence sessions to hear from a range of interested parties.

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The Independent Commission on Freedom of Information is open to receiving evidence from a wide range of interested parties. The Commission will hold 2 oral evidence sessions providing an opportunity for:

  • those who have already submitted written evidence to explain further, or
  • those who the Commission considers will provide a perspective not covered in written evidence

The sessions will be held on:

  • 20 January from 1pm to 4pm in the Attlee Suite
  • 25 January from 10am to 5pm in the Macmillan Room

Both events will be held at First Floor, Portcullis House, Bridge Street, London SW1A 2LW.

The sessions will be before the full panel of Commissioners: Lord Burns (Chairman), the Rt Hon Jack Straw, the Rt Hon Lord Howard of Lympne, Lord Carlile of Berriew and Dame Patricia Hodgson.

The following witnesses will attend the sessions:

20 January 2016

Witnesses Time
Information Commissioner: Christopher Graham 1pm to 2pm
Rt Hon Lord McNally 2pm to 2:25pm
National Police Chiefs Council: Ian Readhead and Mark Wise 2:25pm to 2:50pm
38 Degrees: Blanche Shackleton 2:50pm to 3:15pm
Lord O’Donnell 3:15pm to 3:40pm

25 January 2016

Witnesses Time
Taxpayers’ Alliance: Jonathan Isaby 10am to 10:25am
Liberty: Sam Hawke 10:25am to 10:50am
Local Government Association: Councillor David Simmonds 10:50am to 11:15am
Universities UK: Nicola Dandridge 11:15am to 11:40am
Health and Safety Executive: Peter McNaught 11:40am to 12:05pm
NHS Providers: Chris Hopson 12:30pm to 12:55pm
Kent County Council: Caroline Dodge and Geoff Wild 12:55pm to 1:20pm
Society of Editors and the Press Association: Bob Satchwell and Peter Clifton 1:20pm to 2:10pm
Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP 2:25pm to 2:40pm
The Rt Hon Lord Beith 2:40pm to 3:05pm
Professor Christopher Forsyth and Professor Richard Ekins 3:05pm to 3:30pm
Campaign for Freedom of Information: Maurice Frankel 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Public seating will be available on a first come basis:

  • on 20 January there will be 65 seats available for the public and 15 seats for the media
  • on 25 January there will be 30 seats available for the public and 10 seats for the media

As the sessions are being held in a busy building, please allow up to 30 minutes to get through security.

The sessions will be recorded and transcribed. The transcriptions will be published on the Commission’s GOV.UK webpages as soon as possible afterwards.

Published 14 January 2016