Maclean Bill lacks a Lords sponsor
It is now generally assumed that the Bill to exempt Parliament from freedom of information - the 'Maclean Bill' - is dead.
This is because no peer had decided to sponsor it and obtain a second reading debate for it in the Lords by last night's deadline. This does not guarantee for certain that it has come to an end. Parliamentary procedure does still allow for it to be revived later in the session. But it has now missed a crucial window of opportunity to make progress. Even if someone does emerge to sponsor it later it will have major difficulties in getting sufficient debating time given the other business in the Lords between now and the end of the session.
For some this will be a victory for transparency in public life. For others it represents the frustration of the will of the elected House, because any peer feels too intimidated by the prospect of media attention to sponsor the Bill.
Wherever freedom of information has been introduced it has prompted a reaction from some of those subject to it who want to reduce its impact. It looks like this is the end to the first such dispute in the UK.