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New guide—The OIA and the Inquiries Act 2013

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The Inquiries Act 2013 provided a new framework for the conduct of public and government inquiries into matters of public importance.

But there has been some uncertainty about how it interacts with the Official Information Act (OIA).

The Chief Ombudsman has published a new guide that aims to provide some clarification.

The guide is intended to help:

  • inquiries deciding how to regulate their procedure,
  • agencies dealing with OIA requests for information about the subject of an inquiry, and
  • members of the public seeking information about inquiries.

It includes new case notes to illustrate the Ombudsman’s approach.

See guide: The OIA and the Inquiries Act 2013

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