Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987

Part 6 Miscellaneous provisions relating to access to official information

41 Protection against certain actions

(1)

Where any official information is made available in good faith pursuant to Part 2 or Part 3 or Part 4 by any local authority,—

(a)

no proceedings, civil or criminal, shall lie against the local authority or any other person in respect of the making available of that information, or for any consequences that flow from the making available of that information; and

(b)

no proceedings, civil or criminal, in respect of any publication involved in, or resulting from, the making available of that information shall lie against the author of the information or any other person by reason of that author or other person having supplied the information to a local authority.

(2)

The making available of, or the giving of access to, any official information in consequence of a request made under Part 2 or Part 3 or Part 4 shall not be taken, for the purposes of the law relating to defamation or breach of confidence or infringement of copyright, to constitute an authorisation or approval of the publication of the document or of its contents by the person to whom the information is made available or the access is given.

Compare: 1982 No 156 s 48; 1987 No 8 s 21