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Part IDecisions and Appeals

Chapter IGeneral

Decisions

3Use of information

(1)Subsection (2) below applies to information relating to social security, child support or war pensions which is held—

(a)by the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department; or

(b)by a person providing services to the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department in connection with the provision of those services.

(2)Information to which this subsection applies—

(a)may be used for the purposes of, or for any purposes connected with, the exercise of functions in relation to social security, child support or war pensions; and

(b)may be supplied to, or to a person providing services to, the Secretary of State or the Northern Ireland Department for use for those purposes.

(3)The following sections, namely—

(a)section 122C of the Administration Act (supply of information to authorities administering benefit); and

(b)section 122D of that Act (supply of information by authorities administering benefit),

shall each have effect as if the reference in subsection (1) to social security included references to child support and war pensions.

(4)In this section “the Northern Ireland Department” means the Department of Health and Social Services for Northern Ireland.