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Health and Social Care Act 2001

Section 9: Overview and scrutiny committees: exempt information

64.As local authority committees, overview and scrutiny committees are subject to section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972, which provides that councils and their committees must be open to the public except to the extent that they must be excluded under section 100A(2) (where certain confidential information may be disclosed) or may be excluded under section 100A(4) (exclusion by resolution of the council or committee, if certain “exempt information” may be disclosed). The categories of exempt information are set out in Schedule 12A to the 1972 Act. Section 9(2) of, and Schedule 1 to, the Act extend the categories of exempt information, where an overview and scrutiny committee is dealing with NHS matters. As with the categories of exempt information in the 1972 Act, the Secretary of State may add to, or remove provisions or otherwise amend the list by making an order (section 9(4) and (5)).

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