Environmental disclosure rules in Right to Know Bill

A Private Member's Bill to extend public access to information held by Government Departments and public bodies received an unopposed second reading in the Commons on 19 February. It would also oblige companies to publish details of environmental offences in their annual reports.

The Right to Know Bill was introduced by Mark Fisher (Lab, Stoke on Trent) and received widespread support from MPs of all parties during the second reading debate.

The Bill is needed because "Britain is still one of the most secretive societies in the western world and one of the few democracies not to have some sort of freedom of information legislation," said Mr Fisher. MPs and the public receive information not as of right but "by the

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