The OIA and the Inquiries Act 2013

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This guide aims to answer questions about how the Inquiries Act 2013 interacts with the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA).

This guide discusses: 

  • the background to the Inquiries Act 
  • some key provisions of the Inquiries Act 
  • information held by inquiries, and when that might be subject to the OIA 
  • information held by other government agencies 
  • information that is excluded from the OIA (to which the OIA will not apply, even if it is held by an agency subject to the Act) 
  • reasons for refusal that are likely to be relevant in this context.
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