Data and Statistics Bill

28 Certain requests for data under this Part require approval by Minister

(1)

A request for data under section 23 or 26 must not be made unless an approval given by the Minister under subsection (3) applies to it.

(2)

Subsection (1) does not apply—

(a)

if the request is to a public sector agency in section 7(a) to (e); or

(b)

if, and to the extent that, the provision of data is specified in the request to be voluntary.

(3)

The Minister may approve requests for data under section 23 or 26 by all or any of the following means:

(a)

specifying data that may be requested:

(b)

specifying individuals, organisations, and public sector agencies, and organisations (or classes of individuals, organisations, and public sector agencies, and organisations) to which the making of requests is approved:

(c)

approving the repetition of requests from time to time:

(d)

approving a programme of work requiring the collection of particular data:

(e)

approving a particular request.