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Energy Act 2013

Section 89: Provision of information or advice to relevant authorities

426.Under this section, a duty is imposed on the ONR to provide certain information or advice if it is requested to do so by “a relevant authority”. The “relevant authorities” are: Ministers of the Crown, the devolved administrations, the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland, the Civil Aviation Authority and the Office of Rail Regulation (see subsections (1) and (8)).

427.The information which may be requested by any of these authorities (and thus needs to be provided by the ONR to the person requesting it) must be about the ONR’s activities (including those of its inspectors: see subsection (3)) and connected to a matter of concern to the authority requesting it (subsection (2)(b)).

428.In addition, a Minister of the Crown may also make a request for information for the purpose of monitoring the ONR’s performance of its functions or for the purpose of any proceedings in Parliament (subsection (2)(a)).

429.In the case of advice, the advice requested must relate to a matter which is of concern to the authority requesting it and be within the expertise of a member, employee or other member of staff (such as a secondee) of the ONR (subsection (4)), or be relevant to any of the ONR’s purposes. The ONR is entitled to charge for the provision of information to a relevant authority by virtue of subsection (5), although regulations made by the Secretary of State under subsection (6) may prevent charging in particular cases, classes of cases or circumstances.

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