17 Deletion of information from documents

(1)

Where the information requested is comprised in a document and there is good reason for withholding some of the information contained in that document, the other information in that document may be made available by making a copy of that document available with such deletions or alterations as are necessary.

(2)

Where a copy of a document is made available under subsection (1), the department or interdepartmental venture or Minister of the Crown or organisation shall, subject to section 10, give to the applicant—

(a)

the reason for withholding the information; and

(b)

if the applicant so requests, the grounds in support of that reason, unless the giving of those grounds would itself prejudice the interests protected by section 6 or section 7 or section 9 and (in the case of the interests protected by section 9) there is no countervailing public interest.

Section 17(2): amended, on 7 August 2020, by section 135 of the Public Service Act 2020 (2020 No 40).

Section 17(2)(b): amended, on 1 April 1987, by section 4(2) of the Official Information Amendment Act 1987 (1987 No 8).