§ 7. Mr. Mullin
What action he plans to take to increase openness in government; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Dr. David Clark
The White Papers on freedom of information and better government which I am preparing will both increase openness in government.
I believe that in a modern society, open government is good government. Our proposals will change radically the culture of government in Britain and the way in which public information is handled.
§ Mr. Mullin
I am grateful for that reply, but who will decide what is to remain secret and what will not remain secret? Will it be the same civil servants who, as we saw during the Scott inquiry, are rather unenthusiastic about the concept of open government, or will there be an independent element in the appeals process?
§ Dr. Clark
It is important that any legislation on freedom of information includes a strong, fair and easy-to-use appeals system, and does not leave the individual helpless in his or her attempt to get information. There are various ways in which that can be achieved, but the Government are studying the model of an independent information commissioner.