Freedom of Information Act 1989 No 5
Repealed version for 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010 (accessed 21 December 2014 at 21:43)

33   Documents affecting the conduct of research

(1)  This section applies to a document that contains information concerning research that is being, or is intended to be, carried out by or on behalf of any person.
(2)  An agency shall not give access to a document to which this section applies (otherwise than to the person concerned) unless the agency has taken such steps as are reasonably practicable to obtain the views of the person concerned as to whether or not the document is an exempt document by virtue of clause 8 of Schedule 1.
(3)  If:
(a)  an agency determines, after having sought the views of the person concerned, that access to a document to which this section applies is to be given, and
(b)  the views of the person concerned are that the document is an exempt document by virtue of clause 8 of Schedule 1,
the agency shall:
(c)  forthwith cause written notice to be given to the person concerned:
(i)  that the agency has determined that access to the document is to be given, and
(ii)  of the rights of review and appeal, and the rights of complaint to the Ombudsman, conferred by this Act and the Ombudsman Act 1974 in relation to the determination, and
(iii)  of the procedures to be followed for the purpose of exercising those rights, and
(d)  defer giving access to the document until after the expiration of the period within which an application for a review or appeal under this Act may be made or, if such an application is made, until after the application has been finally disposed of.
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