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Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Decisions, Documents and Meetings) (Wales) Regulations 2001

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Additional rights of access for members of overview and scrutiny committees

11.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), a member of an overview and scrutiny committee of a local authority shall be entitled to copies of any document which—

(a)is in the possession or under the control of the executive of that authority; and

(b)contains material relating to—

(i)any business transacted at a meeting of a decision making body of that authority; or

(ii)any decision that has been made by an individual member of that executive in accordance with executive arrangements.

(2) No member of an overview and scrutiny committee shall be entitled to a copy of any document or part of a document which contains confidential or exempt information or advice provided by a political adviser or assistant unless that information is relevant to—

(a)an action or decision that is being reviewed or scrutinised by such a committee or a sub-committee of that committee; or

(b)is relevant to any review contained in any programme of work of such a committee or sub-committee.

(3) Where a member of an overview and scrutiny committee shall require a copy of any document or part of a document in accordance with paragraphs (1) and (2) the proper officer shall determine whether the information is relevant as specified in paragraphs (2)(a) and (b).

(4) Nothing in this regulation permits the disclosure of confidential or exempt information by a member of an overview and scrutiny committee other than may be authorised by any other enactment.

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