Official Information Act 1982

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11 Exclusion of public interest immunity


Subject to subsection (2), the rule of law which authorises or requires the withholding of any document, or the refusal to answer any question, on the ground that the disclosure of the document or the answering of the question would be injurious to the public interest shall not apply in respect of—


any investigation by or proceedings before an Ombudsman; or


any application under section 8 of the Judicial Review Procedure Act 2016 for the review of any decision under this Act;

but not so as to give any party any information that he would not, apart from this section, be entitled to.


Nothing in subsection (1) affects—


clause 8 of Schedule 2; or


section 20(1) of the Ombudsmen Act 1975.

Section 11(1)(a): amended, on 1 July 1988, by section 53(b).

Section 11(1)(b): amended, on 1 March 2017, by section 24 of the Judicial Review Procedure Act 2016 (2016 No 50).