The Assembly Ombudsman for Northern IrelandE+W+S+N.I.
11At the end of Article 19 of the M1Ombudsman (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 there is inserted—E+W+S+N.I.
“(5)Information obtained from the Information Commissioner by virtue of section 76 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 shall be treated for the purposes of paragraph (1) as obtained for the purposes of an investigation under this Order and, in relation to such information, the reference in paragraph (1)(a) to the investigation shall have effect as a reference to any investigation.”
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12After that Article there is inserted—E+W+S+N.I.
“19A Disclosure of information to Information Commissioner
(1)The Ombudsman may disclose to the Information Commissioner any information obtained by, or furnished to, the Omubudsman under or for the purposes of this Order if the information appears to the Ombudsman to relate to—
(a)a matter in respect of which the Information Commissioner could exercise any power conferred by—
(i)Part V of the Data Protection Act 1998 (enforcement),
(ii)section 48 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (practice recommendations), or
(iii)Part IV of that Act (enforcement), or
(b)the commission of an offence under—
(i)any provision of the Data Protection Act 1998 other than paragraph 12 of Schedule 9 (obstruction of execution of warrant), or
(ii)section 77 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (offence of altering etc. records with intent to prevent disclosure).
(2)Nothing in Article 19(1) applies in relation to the disclosure of information in accordance with this Article.”