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Investigation by the CommissionerU.K.

[F14 Departments etc. subject to investigation.U.K.

(1)Subject to the provisions of this section and to the notes contained in Schedule 2 to this Act, this Act applies to the government departments, corporations and unincorporated bodies listed in that Schedule; and references in this Act to an authority to which this Act applies are references to any such corporation or body.

(2)Her Majesty may by Order in Council amend Schedule 2 to this Act by the alteration of any entry or note, the removal of any entry or note or the insertion of any additional entry or note.

(3)An Order in Council may only insert an entry if—

(a)it relates—

(i)to a government department; or

(ii)to a corporation or body whose functions are exercised on behalf of the Crown; or

(b)it relates to a corporation or body—

(i)which is established by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative or by an Act of Parliament or an Order in Council or order made under an Act of Parliament or which is established in any other way by a Minister of the Crown in his capacity as a Minister or by a government department;

(ii)at least half of whose revenues derive directly from money provided by Parliament, a levy authorised by an enactment, a fee or charge of any other description so authorised or more than one of those sources; and

(iii)which is wholly or partly constituted by appointment made by Her Majesty or a Minister of the Crown or government department.

(3A)No entry shall be made if the result of making it would be that the Parliamentary Commissioner could investigate action which can be investigated by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales under [F2the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019].

[F3(3B)No entry shall be made in respect of–

(a)the Scottish Administration of any part of it;

(b)any Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved functions within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998; or

(c)the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.]

(4)No entry shall be made in respect of a corporation or body whose sole activity is, or whose main activities are, included among the activities specified in subsection (5) below.

(5)The activities mentioned in subsection (4) above are—

(a)the provision of education, or the provision of training otherwise than under the M1Industrial Training Act 1982;

(b)the development of curricula, the conduct of examinations or the validation of educational courses;

(c)the control of entry to any profession or the regulation of the conduct of members of any profession;

(d)the investigation of complaints by members of the public regarding the actions of any person or body, or the supervision or review of such investigations or of steps taken following them.

(6)No entry shall be made in respect of a corporation or body operating in an exclusively or predominantly commercial manner or a corporation carrying on under national ownership an industry or undertaking or part of an industry or undertaking.

(7)Any statutory instrument made by virtue of this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(8)In this Act—

(a)any reference to a government department to which this Act applies includes a reference to any of the Ministers or officers of such a department; and

(b)any reference to an authority to which this Act applies includes a reference to any members or officers of such an authority].

Textual Amendments

F3S. 4(3B) substituted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, arts. 1(2), 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 39(1)(2)

Marginal Citations

M11982 c. 10(43:1).

5 Matters subject to investigation.U.K.

(1)Subject to the provisions of this section, the Commissioner may investigate any action taken by or on behalf of a government department or other authority to which this Act applies, being action taken in the exercise of administrative functions of that department or authority, in any case where—

(a)a written complaint is duly made to a member of the House of Commons by a member of the public who claims to have sustained injustice in consequence of maladministration in connection with the action so taken; and

(b)the complaint is referred to the Commissioner, with the consent of the person who made it, by a member of that House with a request to conduct an investigation thereon.

[F4(1A)Subsection (1C) of this section applies if—

(a)a written complaint is duly made to a member of the House of Commons by a member of the public who claims that a person has failed to perform a relevant duty owed by him to the member of the public, and

(b)the complaint is referred to the Commissioner, with the consent of the person who made it, by a member of the House of Commons with a request to conduct an investigation into it.

(1B)For the purposes of subsection (1A) of this section a relevant duty is a duty imposed by any of these—

(a)a code of practice issued under section 32 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (code of practice for victims), or

(b)sections 35 to 44 of that Act (duties of local probation boards in connection with victims of sexual [F5, violent or terrorism] offences).

(1C)If this subsection applies, the Commissioner may investigate the complaint.]

(2)Except as hereinafter provided, the Commissioner shall not conduct an investigation under this Act in respect of any of the following matters, that is to say—

(a)any action in respect of which the person aggrieved has or had a right of appeal, reference or review to or before a tribunal constituted by or under any enactment or by virtue of Her Majesty’s prerogative;

(b)any action in respect of which the person aggrieved has or had a remedy by way of proceedings in any court of law:

Provided that the Commissioner may conduct an investigation notwithstanding that the person aggrieved has or had such a right or remedy if satisfied that in the particular circumstances it is not reasonable to expect him to resort or have resorted to it.

[F6(2A)Subsection (2)(a) of this section shall have effect in relation to the right of a person to make a complaint of unlawful discrimination under the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 as if it were such a right of appeal, reference or review as is mentioned in that subsection.]

(3)Without prejudice to subsection (2) of this section, the Commissioner shall not conduct an [F7investigation under subsection (1) of this section] in respect of any such action or matter as is described in Schedule 3 to this Act.

(4)Her Majesty may by Order in Council amend the said Schedule 3 so as to exclude from the provisions of that Schedule such actions or matters as may be described in the Order; and any statutory instrument made by virtue of this subsection shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

[F8(4A)Without prejudice to subsection (2) of this section, the Commissioner shall not conduct an investigation pursuant to a complaint under subsection (1A) of this section in respect of—

(a)action taken by or with the authority of the Secretary of State for the purposes of protecting the security of the State, including action so taken with respect to passports, or

(b)any action or matter described in any of paragraphs 1 to 4 and 6A to 11 of Schedule 3 to this Act.

(4B)Her Majesty may by Order in Council amend subsection (4A) of this section so as to exclude from paragraph (a) or (b) of that subsection such actions or matters as may be described in the Order.

(4C)Any statutory instrument made by virtue of subsection (4B) of this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

(5)In determining whether to initiate, continue or discontinue an investigation under this Act, the Commissioner shall, subject to the foregoing provisions of this section, act in accordance with his own discretion; and any question whether a complaint is duly made under this Act shall be determined by the Commissioner.

[F9(5A)For the purposes of this section, administrative functions of a government department to which this Act applies include functions exercised by the department on behalf of the Scottish Ministers by virtue of section 93 of the Scotland Act 1998.

(5B)The Commissioner shall not conduct an investigation under this Act in respect of any action concerning Scotland and not relating to reserved matters which is taken by or on behalf of a cross-border public authority within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998.]

[F10(6)For the purposes of this section, administrative functions exercisable by any person appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a member of the administrative staff of any court or tribunal shall be taken to be administrative functions of the [F11Ministry of Justice] F12....]

[F13(7)For the purposes of this section, administrative functions exercisable by any person appointed as a member of the administrative staff of a relevant tribunal—

(a)by a government department or authority to which this Act applies; or

(b)with the consent (whether as to remuneration and other terms and conditions of service or otherwise) of such a department or authority,

shall be taken to be administrative functions of that department or authority.

(8)In subsection (7) of this section, “relevant tribunal” means a tribunal listed in Schedule 4 to this Act.

(9)Her Majesty may by Order in Council amend the said Schedule 4 by the alteration or removal of any entry or the insertion of any additional entry; and any statutory instrument made by virtue of this subsection shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

[F14(9A)No entry shall be made in the said Schedule 4 in respect of the holder of any office in the Scottish Administration which is not a ministerial office or in respect of any Scottish public authority with mixed functions or no reserved functions within the meaning of the Scotland Act 1998.]

Textual Amendments

F6S. 5(2A) inserted (N.I.) (1.3.1999) by S.I. 1998/3162 (N.I. 21), art. 1(2), Sch. 3; S.R. 1999/81, art. 3

F9S. 5(5A)(5B) inserted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, arts. 1(2), 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 39(3)(a)

F13S. 5(7)-(9) inserted (5.9.1994) by 1994 c. 14, ss. 1(1), 3(2)

F14S. 5(9A) inserted (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, arts. 1(2), 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 39(3)(b)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C4S. 5(5B) modified (E.W.S.) (30.6.2006 for S. and 6.7.2006 for E.W.) by Private Security Industry Act 2001 (c. 12), s. 2A (as inserted by Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (c. 15), ss. 171, 178, Sch. 15 para. 3; S.S.I. 2006/381, art. 2)

6 Provisions relating to complaints.U.K.

(1)A complaint under this Act may be made by any individual, or by any body of persons whether incorporated or not, not being—

(a)a local authority or other authority or body constituted for purposes of the public service or of local government or for the purposes of carrying on under national ownership any industry or undertaking or part of an industry or undertaking;

F15[(b)any other authority or body within subsection (1A) below.

(1A)An authority or body is within this subsection if–

(a)its members are appointed by–

(i)Her Majesty;

(ii)any Minister of the Crown;

(iii)any government department;

(iv)the Scottish Ministers;

(v)the First Minister; or

(vi)the Lord Advocate, or

(b)its revenues consist wholly or mainly of–

(i)money provided by Parliament; or

(ii)sums payable out of the Scottish Consolidated Fund (directly or indirectly).]

(2)Where the person by whom a complaint might have been made under the foregoing provisions of this Act has died or is for any reason unable to act for himself, the complaint may be made by his personal representative or by a member of his family or other individual suitable to represent him; but except as aforesaid a complaint shall not be entertained under this Act unless made by the person aggrieved himself.

(3)A complaint shall not be entertained under this Act unless it is made to a member of the House of Commons not later than twelve months from the day on which the person aggrieved first had notice of the matters alleged in the complaint; but the Commissioner may conduct an investigation pursuant to a complaint not made within that period if he considers that there are special circumstances which make it proper to do so.

(4)[F16Except as provided in subsection (5) below] A complaint shall not be entertained under this Act unless the person aggrieved is resident in the United Kingdom (or, if he is dead, was so resident at the time of his death) or the complaint relates to action taken in relation to him while he was present in the United Kingdom or on an installation in a designated area within the meaning of the M2Continental Shelf Act 1964 or on a ship registered in the United Kingdom or an aircraft so registered, or in relation to rights or obligations which accrued or arose in the United Kingdom or on such an installation, ship or aircraft.

[F17(5)A complaint may be entertained under this Act in circumstances not falling within subsection (4) above where—

(a)the complaint relates to action taken in any country or territory outside the United Kingdom by an officer (not being an honorary consular officer) in the exercise of a consular function on behalf of the Government of the United Kingdom; and

(b)the person aggrieved is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies who, under section 2 of the M3Immigration Act 1971, has the right of abode in the United Kingdom.]

Textual Amendments

F15S. 6(1)(b)(1A) substituted for s. 6(1)(b) (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1820, arts. 1(2), 4, Sch. 2 Pt. I para. 39(4)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

Marginal Citations

M31971 c. 77(101A:1)

7 Procedure in respect of investigations. U.K.

(1)Where the Commissioner proposes to conduct an investigation pursuant to a complaint under [F18section 5(1) of] this Act, he shall afford to the principal officer of the department or authority concerned, and to any other person who is alleged in the complaint to have taken or authorised the action complained of, an opportunity to comment on any allegations contained in the complaint.

[F19(1A)Where the Commissioner proposes to conduct an investigation pursuant to a complaint under section 5(1A) of this Act, he shall give the person to whom the complaint relates an opportunity to comment on any allegations contained in the complaint.]

(2)Every [F20investigation under this Act] shall be conducted in private, but except as aforesaid the procedure for conducting an investigation shall be such as the Commissioner considers appropriate in the circumstances of the case; and without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing provision the Commissioner may obtain information from such persons and in such manner, and make such inquiries, as he thinks fit, and may determine whether any person may be represented, by counsel or solicitor or otherwise, in the investigation.

(3)The Commissioner may, if he thinks fit, pay to the person by whom the complaint was made and to any other person who attends or furnishes information for the purposes of an investigation under this Act—

(a)sums in respect of expenses properly incurred by them;

(b)allowances by way of compensation for the loss of their time,

in accordance with such scales and subject to such conditions as may be determined by the Treasury.

(4)The conduct of an investigation under this Act shall not affect any action taken by the department or authority concerned [F21or the person to whom the complaint relates] , or any power or duty of [F22that department, authority or person] to take further action with respect to any matters subject to the investigation; but where the person aggrieved has been removed from the United Kingdom under any Order in force under the M4Aliens Restriction Acts 1914 M5and 1919 or under [F23the M6Immigration Act 1971], he shall, if the Commissioner so directs, be permitted to re-enter and remain in the United Kingdom, subject to such conditions as the Secretary of State may direct, for the purposes of the investigation.

8 Evidence. U.K.

(1)For the purposes of an investigation under [F24section 5(1) of] this Act the Commissioner may require any Minister, officer or member of the department or authority concerned or any other person who in his opinion is able to furnish information or produce documents relevant to the investigation to furnish any such information or produce any such document.

[F25(1A)For the purposes of an investigation pursuant to a complaint under section 5(1A) of this Act the Commissioner may require any person who in his opinion is able to furnish information or produce documents relevant to the investigation to furnish any such information or produce any such document.]

(2)For the purposes of any [F26investigation under this Act] the Commissioner shall have the same powers as the Court in respect of the attendance and examination of witnesses (including the administration of oaths or affirmations and the examination of witnesses abroad) and in respect of the production of documents.

(3)No obligation to maintain secrecy or other restriction upon the disclosure of information obtained by or furnished to persons in Her Majesty’s service, whether imposed by any enactment or by any rule of law, shall apply to the disclosure of information for the purposes of an investigation under this Act; and the Crown shall not be entitled in relation to any such investigation to any such privilege in respect of the production of documents or the giving of evidence as is allowed by law in legal proceedings.

(4)No person shall be required or authorised by virtue of this Act to furnish any information or answer any question relating to proceedings of the Cabinet or of any committee of the Cabinet or to produce so much of any document as relates to such proceedings; and for the purposes of this subsection a certificate issued by the Secretary of the Cabinet with the approval of the Prime Minister and certifying that any information, question, document or part of a document so relates shall be conclusive.

(5)Subject to subsection (3) of this section, no person shall be compelled for the purposes of an investigation under this Act to give any evidence or produce any document which he could not be compelled to give or produce in [F27civil] proceedings before the Court.

9 Obstruction and contempt. U.K.

(1)If any person without lawful excuse obstructs the Commissioner or any officer of the Commissioner in the performance of his functions under this Act, or is guilty of any act or omission in relation to an investigation under this Act which, if that investigation were a proceeding in the Court, would constitute contempt of court, the Commissioner may certify the offence to the Court.

(2)Where an offence is certified under this section, the Court may inquire into the matter and, after hearing any witnesses who may be produced against or on behalf of the person charged with the offence, and after hearing any statement that may be offered in defence, deal with him in any manner in which the Court could deal with him if he had committed the like offence in relation to the Court.

(3)Nothing in this section shall be construed as applying to the taking of any such action as is mentioned in subsection (4) of section 7 of this Act.

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

10 Reports by Commissioner.U.K.

(1)In any case where the Commissioner conducts an investigation under this Act or decides not to conduct such an investigation, he shall send to the member of the House of Commons by whom the request for investigation was made (or if he is no longer a member of that House, to such member of that House as the Commissioner thinks appropriate) a report of the results of the investigation or, as the case may be, a statement of his reasons for not conducting an investigation.

(2)In any case where the Commissioner conducts an investigation under [F28section 5(1) of] this Act, he shall also send a report of the results of the investigation to the principal officer of the department or authority concerned and to any other person who is alleged in the relevant complaint to have taken or authorised the action complained of.

[F29(2A)In any case where the Commissioner conducts an investigation pursuant to a complaint under section 5(1A) of this Act, he shall also send a report of the results of the investigation to the person to whom the complaint relates.]

(3)If, after conducting an investigation under [F30section 5(1) of] this Act, it appears to the Commissioner that injustice has been caused to the person aggrieved in consequence of maladministration and that the injustice has not been, or will not be, remedied, he may, if he thinks fit, lay before each House of Parliament a special report upon the case.

[F31(3A)If, after conducting an investigation pursuant to a complaint under section 5(1A) of this Act, it appears to the Commissioner that—

(a)the person to whom the complaint relates has failed to perform a relevant duty owed by him to the person aggrieved, and

(b)the failure has not been, or will not be, remedied,

the Commissioner may, if he thinks fit, lay before each House of Parliament a special report upon the case.

(3B)For the purposes of subsection (3A) of this section “relevant duty” has the meaning given by section 5(1B) of this Act.]

(4)The Commissioner shall annually lay before each House of Parliament a general report on the performance of his functions under this Act and may from time to time lay before each House of Parliament such other reports with respect to those functions as he thinks fit.

(5)For the purposes of the law of defamation, any such publication as is hereinafter mentioned shall be absolutely privileged, that is to say—

(a)the publication of any matter by the Commissioner in making a report to either House of Parliament for the purposes of this Act;

(b)the publication of any matter by a member of the House of Commons in communicating with the Commissioner or his officers for those purposes or by the Commissioner or his officers in communicating with such a member for those purposes;

(c)the publication by such a member to the person by whom a complaint was made under this Act of a report or statement sent to the member in respect of the complaint in pursuance of subsection (1) of this section;

(d)the publication by the Commissioner to such a person as is mentioned in subsection (2) [F32or (2A)] of this section of a report sent to that person in pursuance of that subsection.

11 Provision for secrecy of information. U.K.

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(2)Information obtained by the Commissioner or his officers in the course of or for the purposes of an investigation under this Act shall not be disclosed except—

(a)for the purposes of the investigation and of any report to be made thereon under this Act;

[F34(aa)for the purposes of [F35a matter] which is being investigated by the Health Service Commissioner for England or a Local Commissioner (or both);]

(b)for the purposes of any proceedings for an offence under [F36the Official Secrets Acts 1911 to 1989] alleged to have been committed in respect of information obtained by the Commissioner or any of his officers by virtue of this Act or for an offence of perjury alleged to have been committed in the course of an investigation under this Act or for the purposes of an inquiry with a view to the taking of such proceedings; or

(c)for the purposes of any proceedings under section 9 of this Act;

and the Commissioner and his officers shall not be called upon to give evidence in any proceedings (other than such proceedings as aforesaid) of matters coming to his or their knowledge in the course of an investigation under this Act.

[F37(2A)Where the Commissioner also [F38holds office as the Health Service Commissioner for England] and a person initiates a complaint to him [F38in his capacity as the Health Service Commissioner for England] which relates partly to a matter with respect to which that person has previously initiated a complaint under this Act, or subsequently initiates such a complaint, information obtained by the Commissioner or his officers in the course of or for the purposes of investigating the complaint under this Act may be disclosed for the purposes of his carrying out his functions in relation to the other complaint.]

(3)A Minister of the Crown may give notice in writing to the Commissioner, with respect to any document or information specified in the notice, or any class of documents or information so specified, that in the opinion of the Minister the disclosure of that document or information, or of documents or information of that class, would be prejudicial to the safety of the State or otherwise contrary to the public interest; and where such a notice is given nothing in this Act shall be construed as authorising or requiring the Commissioner or any officer of the Commissioner to communicate to any person or for any purpose any document or information specified in the notice, or any document or information of a class so specified.

(4)The references in this section to a Minister of the Crown include references to the Commissioners of Customs and Excise and the Commissioners of Inland Revenue.

[F39(5)Information obtained from the Information Commissioner by virtue of section 76(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 shall be treated for the purposes of subsection (2) of this section as obtained for the purposes of an investigation under this Act and, in relation to such information, the reference in paragraph (a) of that subsection to the investigation shall have effect as a reference to any investigation.]

Textual Amendments

F35Words in s. 11(2)(aa) substituted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(3); S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n) (with art. 6(5))

F38Words in s. 11(2A) substituted (1.4.2006) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2005 (c. 10), ss. 39, 40, Sch. 6 para. 4; S.I. 2005/2800, art. 5(1) (with art. 5(2))

F39S. 11(5) inserted (30.1.2001) by 2000 c. 36, ss. 76(2), 87(2)(b), Sch. 7 para. 1 (with ss. 56, 78)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C9S. 11 applied (with modifications) (S.) by National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (c. 29, SIF 113:2), s. 95

C11S. 11(2) excluded (19.4.2010 for specified purposes, 1.9.2010 for specified purposes) by Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (c. 22), ss. 217(7), 269(4); S.I. 2010/303, art. 5, Sch. 4; S.I. 2010/1151, art. 4, Sch. 2

C12S. 11(2) excluded by 1974 c. 7, s. 34M(7)(a) (as inserted (1.10.2010) by Health Act 2009 (c. 21), s. 40(1), Sch. 5 para. 2; S.I. 2010/1863, art. 2)

C13S. 11(2A) extended (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1351, arts. 1, 17(1)(b); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

[F4011A Consultations between Parliamentary Commissioner and [F41other Commissioners or Ombudsmen].U.K.

(1)Where, at any stage in the course of conducting an investigation under this Act, the Commissioner forms the opinion that the complaint relates partly to a matter within the jurisdiction of [F42the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman or the Health Service Commissioner for England], he shall—

(a)unless he also holds [F43the office concerned], consult about the complaint with him; and

(b)if he considers it necessary, inform the person initiating the complaint under [F44the Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019] or [F45the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993] [F46, or the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002].

(2)Where by virtue of subsection (1) above the Commissioner consults with the [F47Public Services Ombudsman for Wales, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman or the Health Service Commissioner for England] in relation to a complaint under this Act, he may consult him about any matter relating to the complaint, including—

(a)the conduct of any investigation into the complaint; and

(b)the form, content and publication of any report of the results of such an investigation.

[F48(2A)Where an authority to which this Act applies is also a listed authority to which the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 applies, the Commissioner must co-operate with the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to such an extent as appears appropriate when exercising any function in relation to that authority.]

(3)Nothing in section 11(2) of this Act shall apply in relation to the disclosure of information by the Commissioner or any of his officers in the course of consultations held in accordance with this section].

Textual Amendments

F41Words in s. 11A sidenote substituted (14.7.2005 for W.) by Housing Act 2004 (c. 34), ss. 265(1), 270, Sch. 15 para. 1(2); S.I. 2005/1814, art. 2(f)

F43Words in s. 11A(1)(a) substituted (1.7.1999) by 1998 c. 38, s. 125, Sch. 12 para. 8(2)(b) (with ss. 139(2), 143(2)); S.I. 1999/1290, art. 4

F44Words in s. 11A(1)(b) substituted (E.W.) (23.7.2019) by Public Services Ombudsman (Wales) Act 2019 (anaw 3), s. 77(1), Sch. 5 para. 7; S.I. 2019/1096, reg. 2

F45Words in s. 11A(1)(b) substituted (5.2.1994) by 1993 c. 46, ss. 20, 22(4), Sch. 2 para. 1

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C14S. 11A extended (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1351, arts. 1, 17(1)(c); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

[F4911ZAACollaborative working between the Parliamentary Commissioner and other CommissionersU.K.

(1)If at any stage in the course of conducting an investigation under this Act the Commissioner forms the opinion that the complaint relates partly to a matter within the jurisdiction of —

(a)the Health Service Commissioner for England,

(b)a Local Commissioner, or

(c)both,

he may, subject to subsection (2) of this section, conduct an investigation under this Act jointly with that Commissioner or those Commissioners.

(2)The Commissioner must obtain the consent of the person aggrieved or any person acting on his behalf in accordance with subsection (2) of section 6 of this Act before agreeing to a joint investigation referred to in subsection (1) of this section.

(3)If the Commissioner forms the opinion that [F50matters which are the subject of an investigation] by—

(a)the Health Service Commissioner for England,

(b)a Local Commissioner, or

(c)both,

[F51include] a matter within his jurisdiction, he may, subject to subsection (4) of this section, conduct an investigation [F52of that matter] under this Act jointly with that Commissioner or those Commissioners.

(4)The Commissioner may not investigate [F53a matter] jointly with another person under subsection (3) of this section unless [F54a complaint about the matter] has been made in accordance with section 5 of this Act.

(5)If the Commissioner conducts an investigation F55. . . jointly with another person, the requirements of section 10 (so far as relating to a case where the Commissioner conducts an investigation under this Act) may be satisfied by a report made jointly with that person.

(6)Apart from identifying the government department or other authority concerned, a report prepared by virtue of subsection (5) of this section by the Commissioner and a Local Commissioner shall not—

(a)mention the name of any person, or

(b)contain any particulars which, in the opinion of the Commissioner and the Local Commissioner, are likely to identify any person,

unless, after taking into account the public interest as well as the interests of the complainant and of persons other than the complainant, the Commissioner and the Local Commissioner consider it necessary to mention the name of that person or to include in the report any such particulars.

(7)Nothing in subsection (6) of this section prevents a report—

(a)mentioning the name of, or

(b)containing particulars likely to identify,

the Mayor of London or any member of the London Assembly.]

Textual Amendments

F50Words in s. 11ZAA(3) substituted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(4)(a)(i); S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n) (with art. 6(5))

F51Word in s. 11ZAA(3) substituted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(4)(a)(ii); S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n) (with art. 6(5))

F52Words in s. 11ZAA(3) inserted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(4)(a)(iii); S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n) (with art. 6(5))

F53Words in s. 11ZAA(4) substituted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(4)(b)(i); S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n) (with art. 6(5))

F54Words in s. 11ZAA(4) substituted (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(4)(b)(ii); S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n) (with art. 6(5))

F55Words in s. 11ZAA(5) repealed (1.4.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 182, 241, 245, Sch. 12 para. 13(4)(c), Sch. 18 Pt. 14; S.I. 2008/917, art. 2(1)(n)(v)(ii) (with art. 6(5))

[F5611AA Disclosure of information by Parliamentary Commissioner to Information Commissioner.U.K.

(1)The Commissioner may disclose to the Information Commissioner any information obtained by, or furnished to, the Commissioner under or for the purposes of this Act if the information appears to the Commissioner to relate to—

(a)a matter in respect of which the Information Commissioner could exercise any power conferred by—

[F57(i)sections 142 to 154, 160 to 164 or 174 to 176 of, or Schedule 15 to, the Data Protection Act 2018 (certain provisions relating to enforcement),]

(ii)section 48 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (practice recommendations), or

(iii)Part IV of that Act (enforcement), or

[F58(b)the commission of an offence under—

(i)a provision of the Data Protection Act 2018 other than paragraph 15 of Schedule 15 (obstruction of execution of warrant etc), or

(ii)section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (offence of altering etc records with intent to prevent disclosure).]

(2)Nothing in section 11(2) of this Act shall apply in relation to the disclosure of information in accordance with this section.]

[F5911B The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.U.K.

(1)For the purposes of this Act, administrative functions exercisable by an administrator of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (“Scheme functions”) shall be taken to be administrative functions of a government department to which this Act applies.

(2)For the purposes of this section, the following are administrators of the Scheme—

(a)a claims officer appointed under section 3(4)(b) of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995;

(b)F60. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(c)the Scheme manager, as defined by section 1(4) of that Act, and any person assigned by him to exercise functions in relation to the Scheme.

(3)The principal officer in relation to any complaint made in respect of any action taken in respect of Scheme functions is—

(a)in the case of action taken by a claims officer, such person as may from time to time be designated by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this paragraph;

(b)F60. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(c)in the case of action taken by the Scheme manager or by any other person mentioned in subsection (2)(c) of this section, the Scheme manager.

(4)The conduct of an investigation under this Act in respect of any action taken in respect of Scheme functions shall not affect—

(a)any action so taken; or

(b)any power or duty of any person to take further action with respect to any matters subject to investigation.]

Textual Amendments

F59S. 11B inserted (8.11.1995) by 1995 c. 53, s. 10(1)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C15S. 11B(3)(a) extended (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1351, arts. 1, 17(1)(d); S.I. 1998/3178, art. 3

[F6111CThe Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation SchemeU.K.

(1)For the purposes of this Act, administrative functions exercisable by an administrator of the Victims of Overseas Terrorism Compensation Scheme (see section 48 of the Crime and Security Act 2010) (“Scheme functions”) shall be taken to be administrative functions of a government department to which this Act applies.

(2)For the purposes of this section, a claims officer appointed under section 51(1) of the Crime and Security Act 2010 is an administrator of the Scheme.

(3)The principal officer in relation to any complaint made in respect of any action taken in respect of Scheme functions by a claims officer is such person as may from time to time be designated by the Secretary of State for the purposes of this subsection.

(4)The conduct of an investigation under this Act in respect of any action taken in respect of Scheme functions shall not affect—

(a)any action so taken; or

(b)any power or duty of any person to take further action with respect to any matters subject to investigation.]

Textual Amendments