Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

14 Extension of time limits

(1)

Where a request in accordance with section 10 is made or transferred to a local authority, the chief executive of that local authority, or an officer or employee authorised by that chief executive, may extend the time limit set out in section 12 or section 13(1) in respect of the request if—

(a)

the request is for a large quantity of official information or necessitates a search through a large quantity of information and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the local authority; or

(b)

consultations necessary to make a decision on the request are such that a proper response to the request cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

(2)

Any extension under subsection (1) shall be for a reasonable period of time having regard to the circumstances.

(3)

The extension shall be effected by giving or posting notice of the extension to the person who made the request within 20 working days after the day on which the request is received.

(4)

The notice effecting the extension shall—

(a)

specify the period of the extension; and

(b)

give the reasons for the extension; and

(c)

state that the person who made the request for the official information has the right, under section 27(3), to make a complaint to an Ombudsman about the extension; and

(d)

contain such other information as is necessary.

Compare: 1982 No 156 s 15A; 1987 No 8 s 9(1)

Section 14(1): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).