Request for MOTAT organisational review
The Board of the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) refused a request under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act (LGOIMA) for a copy of the MOTAT Strategic Review Report (the report). In refusing the request, MOTAT relied on sections 7(2)(a), 7(2)(c), 7(2)(f)(i) and 7(2)(j) of the LGOIMA.
The Chief Ombudsman formed the provisional opinion that, whilst some of the information at issue could be withheld, no good reason existed to justify withholding parts of the report, in particular the executive summary and recommendations. Her provisional opinion illustrates the Ombudsman’s approach to the application of sections 7(2)(a), 7(2)(c), 7(2)(f)(i) and 7(2)(j) of the LGOIMA.
Having considered the Chief Ombudsman’s provisional opinion, MOTAT made available a redacted version of the executive summary and recommendations
This case note is published under the authority of the Ombudsmen Rules 1989. It sets out an Ombudsman’s view on the facts of a particular case. It should not be taken as establishing any legal precedent that would bind an Ombudsman in future.