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The Child Support Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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9.—(1) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), the office shall not disclose information such as is mentioned in paragraph (2) except with the written consent of the person to whom the information relates or, in the case of a child, with the written consent of the person with care of him.

(2) The information referred to in paragraph (1) is any information provided under the Order which—

(a)relates to any person whose circumstances are relevant to the proceedings; and

(b)consists of that person’s address or other information which could reasonably be expected to lead to him being located.

(3) Where—

(a)the office sends a notice to a person to whom information relates stating that the information may be disclosed in the course of proceedings unless he objects within one month of the date of the notice; and

(b)written notice of that person’s objection is not received at the office within one month of the date of the notice,

then the information may be disclosed in the course of the proceedings.

(4) Where the person to whom information relates is a child, the office shall send the notice referred to in paragraph (3)(a) to the person with care of the child and where written notice of that person’s objection is not received at the office within one month of the date of the notice, then the information may be disclosed in the course of the proceedings.

(5) This regulation does not apply to proceedings which relate solely to a reduced benefits direction within the meaning of Article 43(11) of the Order(1).

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Article 43(11) is amended by Article 78(1) of, and paragraph 28(5) of Schedule 6 to, the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 S.I. 1998/1506 (N.I. 10)

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