134 Good reasons for refusing to supply requested information

(1)

A request for information under section 133 may be refused if—

(a)

the withholding of the information is necessary to protect the privacy of a person (whether or not a natural person or a deceased person); or

(b)

the supply of the information would limit the ability of the Crown entity, or of any of its employees, members, or office holders, to act judicially, or to carry out the statutorily independent functions of the entity, in relation to a particular matter.

(2)

The reason in subsection (1)(a) applies only if it is not out-weighed by the Minister’s need to have the information in order to discharge the Minister’s ministerial duties.

(3)

The information cannot be withheld other than for the reasons in subsection (1), and cannot be withheld at all if it could not properly be withheld under the Official Information Act 1982.

(4)

Section 178 of the Companies Act 1993 does not entitle a Crown entity company or Crown entity subsidiary to refuse to provide information requested under this subpart.

Compare: 1989 No 44 s 45B(2)