Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

13 Decisions on requests

(1)

Subject to this Act, the local authority to which a request is made in accordance with section 10, or is transferred in accordance with section 12 of this Act or section 14 of the Official Information Act 1982, shall, as soon as reasonably practicable, and in no case later than 20 working days after the day on which the request is received by that local authority,—

(a)

decide whether the request is to be granted and, if it is to be granted, in what manner and for what charge (if any); and

(b)

give or post to the person who made the request notice of the decision on the request.

(1A)

Subject to section 23, every local authority (including a local authority whose activities are funded in whole or in part by another person) may charge for the supply of official information under this Act.

(2)

Any charge for the supply of official information under this Act shall not exceed the prescribed amount.

(3)

Where no such amount is prescribed, any charge fixed shall be reasonable, and regard may be had to the cost of the labour and materials involved in making the information available and to any costs incurred pursuant to a request of the applicant to make the information available urgently.

(4)

The local authority may require that the whole or part of any charge be paid in advance.

(5)

Where a request in accordance with section 10 is made or transferred to a local authority, the decision on that request shall be made by the chief executive of that local authority or an officer or employee of that local authority authorised by that chief executive unless that request is transferred in accordance with section 12 to another local authority or to a department, Minister of the Crown, or organisation.

(6)

Nothing in subsection (5) prevents the chief executive of a local authority or any officer or employee of a local authority from consulting a local authority or any other person in relation to the decision that the chief executive or officer or employee proposes to make on any request made to the local authority in accordance with section 10 or transferred to the local authority in accordance with section 12 of this Act or section 14 of the Official Information Act 1982.

(7)

If a request (the original request) is amended or clarified after the date on which it is received, the local authority that receives the request may treat the amended or clarified request as a new request that, for the purposes of subsection (1), replaces the original request.

(8)

However, subsection (7) does not apply if—

(a)

the original request is amended or clarified because the local authority sought an amendment to, or a clarification of, the request; and

(b)

the local authority did not seek that amendment or clarification within 7 working days after receiving the original request.

Compare: 1982 No 156 s 15; 1987 No 8 s 8(1)

Section 13(1A): inserted, on 1 December 1989, by section 2 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act (No 2) 1989 (1989 No 123).

Section 13(5): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

Section 13(6): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

Section 13(7): inserted, on 26 March 2015, by section 8 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 23).

Section 13(8): inserted, on 26 March 2015, by section 8 of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 23).