93 Extension of time limit

(1)

Where any requirement to which section 92 applies is made to any agency, the agency may extend the time limit set out in subsection (2) of that section in respect of that requirement if—

(a)

the requirement relates to, or necessitates a search through, a large quantity of information or a large number of documents or things, and meeting the original time limit would unreasonably interfere with the operations of the agency; or

(b)

consultations necessary before the requirement can be complied with are such that the requirement cannot reasonably be complied with within the original time limit; or

(c)

the complexity of the issues raised by the requirement are such that the requirement cannot reasonably be complied with 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 Commissioner within 20 working days after the day on which the requirement 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)

contain such other information as is necessary.

Compare: 1982 No 156 s 29A(2)–(5); 1987 No 8 s 17(3); 1987 No 174 s 29(2)–(5); 1991 No 126 s 25(2)–(4)