Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Conservative Whip in the House of Lords, announced yesterday that the Minister for Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon, has made the following Statement:
Richard BenyonPicture by Bob Naylor©
"I should like to correct my response to a topical question on the application of the Freedom of Information Act to the new waterways charity (the Canal and River Trust) by Duncan Hames on 13 October (Hansard, col. 471).
"The Government are publicly consulting on the point raised by the honourable Member, and have not yet taken up a position on the matter. The consultation closed on 24 October, and we are now considering the consultation responses, prior to making a decision. A copy of the consultation document can be found at www.defra.gov.uk/consult/2011/09/12/waterways-1109/.
"The Government will publish their analysis of the responses and their own response later in the autumn."
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