The OIA and draft documents: A guide to how the OIA applies to requests for draft documents

Confidentiality
Free and frank opinions
Legislation:
Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987
Section 7
Official Information Act 1982
Section 9
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Format:
PDF
Word
Language:
English

This guide explains some of the most common reasons why it can sometimes be necessary to withhold draft documents.

These reasons relate to the free and frank opinions and confidentiality withholding grounds in the OIA and LGOIMA.

The guide covers:

  • What is a draft document?
  • Are draft documents official information?
  • Requests received during the drafting process
  • The need to withhold
  • The public interest in release
  • Misleading or inaccurate information
  • General principles
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