39 Obligation to publish and present information on strategic intentions

(1)

A department must, as soon as practicable after providing information on its strategic intentions to its responsible Minister, publish the information on an Internet site maintained by or on behalf of the department.

(2)

However, the department must not publish the information—

(a)

in the period of 3 months before the Minister delivers the Budget for the first full financial year to which the information relates; or

(b)

if the Minister gives less than 3 months’ notice of the day on which he or she will deliver that Budget, in the period commencing on the day on which the Minister gives that notice and ending when the Minister delivers the Budget.

(3)

In the case of information provided by an intelligence and security department, the responsible Minister must forward a copy of the information, as soon as practicable after receiving it, to the members of the Intelligence and Security Committee continued under section 192 of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017.

(4)

In the case of information provided by any other department, the responsible Minister (or the Minister referred to in subsection (6), if applicable) must present the information to the House of Representatives—

(a)

in the same document as the department’s annual report for the financial year before the first full financial year to which the information relates; or

(b)

in any other document, in which case the information must be presented as soon as practicable after the responsible Minister receives it and not later than the date on which the annual report described in paragraph (a) is presented.

(5)

However, the responsible Minister (or the Minister referred to in subsection (6), if applicable) must not present the information to the House of Representatives in the period described in subsection (2).

(6)

A Minister other than the responsible Minister may present the information to the House of Representatives if—

(a)

the information is presented in a document that includes other information; and

(b)

that other Minister is responsible for presenting that other information.

(7)

Information presented to the House of Representatives under subsection (4) must be accompanied by a statement signed by the responsible Minister stating,—

(a)

in the case of the Office of the Clerk of the House of Representatives or the Parliamentary Service, that the information is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the responsible Minister; or

(b)

in the case of any other department, that the information is consistent with the policies and performance expectations of the Government.

Section 39: replaced, on 1 July 2014, by section 80 of the Public Finance Amendment Act 2013 (2013 No 50).

Section 39(3): amended, on 28 September 2017, by section 335 of the Intelligence and Security Act 2017 (2017 No 10).