Shailesh Vara MP

Shailesh Vara MP (Conservative) MP for North West Cambridgeshire

Communications Data Bill

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Identity cards

House of Commons debate Information Assurance 6 February 2008

Will the Minister finally confirm what is abundantly clear to the rest of the country-that there is insufficient Government information assurance for schemes such as ID cards and national road pricing?

Freedom of Information

Signed Early Day Motion 2699 Freedom of Information 10 December 2006

That this House welcomes the finding of the Constitutional Affairs Committee (HC991) that the Freedom of Information Act has `already brought about the release of significant new information and....this information is being used in a constructive and positive way' and the committee's conclusion that it sees `no need to change' the Act's charging arrangements; views with concern reports that the Government is considering changing these arrangements to permit an application fee to be charged for all requests or to allow authorities to refuse, on cost grounds, a significant proportion of requests which they currently must answer; and considers that such changes could undermine the Act's benefits of increased openness, accountability and trust in the work of public authorities.