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The Environmental Information (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Amendment of the Environmental Information Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993

2.  In regulation 5 of the Environmental Information Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1993(1)—

(a)for paragraph (2) there shall be substituted—

(2) For the purposes of these Regulations, information is to be capable of being treated as confidential if, and only if, it is information the disclosure of which—

(a)would affect international relations, national defence or public security;

(b)would affect matters which are, or have been, an issue in any legal proceedings or in any enquiry (including any disciplinary enquiry), or are the subject-matter of any investigation undertaken with a view to any such proceedings or enquiry;

(c)would affect the confidentiality of the deliberations of any relevant person;

(d)would involve the supply of a document or other record which is still in the course of completion, or of any internal communication of a relevant person; or

(e)would affect the confidentiality of matters to which any commercial or industrial confidentiality attaches, including intellectual property.;

(b)paragraph (5) shall be omitted.

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