Thank You Norman Baker [and others]
Ex-Tory chief whip David Maclean had brought in the private member's bill. He says he does not want letters on behalf of constituents published - but it would also curb requests about issues such as MPs' expenses claims.
Lib Dem MP Norman Baker and a handful of MPs from all parties managed to talk out the planned bill by making sure the debate continued for five hours.
This means the bill now goes to the bottom of the queue for private member's bill and has virtually no chance of becoming law unless it gets government backing.
The two-clause bill would effectively remove both the Commons and House of Lords from the list of public authorities obliged to release information under the 2000 act, which came into force in 2005.