should be replaced by a provision stating that:
The withholding of the information is necessary to avoid prejudice to the effective conduct of public affairs by protecting:
(i) collective and individual ministerial responsibility;
(ii) the political neutrality of officials; negotiations between political parties or Members of Parliament for the purpose of forming or supporting the government;
(iii) the free and frank expression of opinions and provision of advice or information by, between or to Ministers of the Crown or members of an organisation or officers and employees of any department or organisation in the course of their duty;
(iv) the ability of Ministers properly to consider advice tendered, whether that advice was requested or not;
(v) Ministers, members of organisations, officers and employees of any department or organisation from improper pressure or harassment;
(vi) the confidentiality of communications by or with or about the Sovereign or her representative.
requests may be made in any form (in hard copy, electronically, or orally);
(a) requests do not need to make express reference to official information legislation;
(b) where it is reasonably necessary to clarify an oral request, agencies may ask for it to be put in writing;
(c) if the requester declines or is unable to put an oral request in writing, the agency should record its understanding of the request and provide a copy of it to the requester.
(a) an agency must treat such a request as urgent if it would be reasonably practicable in the circumstances to do so; and
(b) a response to a request treated as urgent should be notified promptly and, where the decision is in favour of release, the information should be provided to the requester as soon as reasonably practicable in the circumstances.
(a) statistical information about the agency’s activities;
(b) information about the agency’s expenditure of public money; information about the agency’s assets, resources, support systems, and other administrative matters.