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[F1Part VAE+W Access to Meetings and Documents of Certain Authorities, Committees and Sub-Committees.]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C2Pt. 5A applied in part (with modifications) (8.5.2008) by The Standards Committee (England) Regulations 2008 (S.I. 2008/1085), reg. 8

C3Pt. 5A applied (with modifications) (6.4.2008) by The Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/580), art. 9

C4Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) modified by Local Government (Access to Information) Act 1985 (c. 43, SIF 81:1, 2), s. 3, Sch. 2 para. 7

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) modified (11.9.1998) by 1998 c. 18, ss. 10(6), 55(2)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) modified (E.) (2.4.2001) by S.I. 2001/1299, reg. 6(10)(a)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) modified (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2284, reg. 5(1)(a)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) modified (1.4.2005) by Public Audit (Wales) Act 2004 (c. 23), ss. 24(7), 73; S.I. 2005/558, art. 2(1), Sch. 1

C5Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) extended (6.3.1992) by Local Government Finance Act 1992 (c. 14), s. 67(4)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) extended (with modifications) (8.5.2000 and 3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, ss. 58, 61, 65 (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/801, art. 2(2)(b)(c), Sch. Pts. 2, 3

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) extended (E.) (26.10.2000) and (W.) (28.7.2001) by 2000 c. 22, ss. 21(11)(a), 108(4)-(6); S.I. 2000/2849, art. 2(a)

C6Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) applied (12.4.1994) by S.I. 1994/867, reg. 11(6)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) applied (with modifications) (28.6.1995) by 1995 c. iii, s. 26, Sch. 1

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) applied (with modifications) (8.5.2000 for specified purposes otherwise 3.7.2000) by 1988 c. 41, s. 115(3A) (as inserted (8.5.2000 for specified purposes otherwise 3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 131(3) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 1999/3434, arts. 3, 4)

Pt. VA applied (with modifications) (22.7.2004) by The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/1777), art. 21(2)(a)

Pt. VA applied (with modifications) (22.7.2004) by The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Establishment of Conservation Board) Order 2004 (S.I. 2004/1778), art. 21(2)(a)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) applied (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2284, reg. 19(8)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) applied (W.) (1.4.2002) by The Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Discharge of Functions) (Wales) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/802), reg. 11(8)(9)

C7Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K): power to make provisions about matters of the kind dealt with in this part conferred (1.9.1997) by 1997 c. 50, s. 44(1), Sch. 4 para. (a)(iii); S.I. 1997/1930, art. 2(1)(2)(m)

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K): power to apply or reproduce (with or without modifications) conferred (E.) (7.8.2000 for specified purposes otherwise 26.10.2000) and (W.) (1.11.2000) by 2000 c. 22, s. 22(12); S.I. 2000/2187, art. 2(b); S.I. 2000/2849, art. 2(b); S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2

Pt VA (ss. 100A-100K): power to apply or reproduce conferred (W.) (1.11.2000 and 19.12.2000 with application in relation to police authorities in Wales) and (E.) (19.12.2000) by 2000 c. 22, s. 53(12); S.I. 2000/2948, art. 2; S.I. 2000/3335, art. 2

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K): power to apply (with or without modifications) conferred (1.1.2003) by National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 (c. 17), s. 20(11), Sch. 6 para. 5; S.I. 2002/3190, art. 2

Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K): power to apply (with or without modifications) conferred (1.9.2003) by National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Act 2002 (c. 17), ss. 19(5), 42(3); S.I. 2003/2246, art. 2

C9Pt. 5A: power to apply (with modifications) conferred (1.3.2007) by National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41), ss. 241(5), 277(1) (subject to s. 277(2)-(5))

C10Pt. VA (ss. 100A-100K) (except ss. 100E, 100G, 100J, 100K) applied (28.8.2001) by S.I. 2001/2812, reg. 7(1)(2) (as amended by S.I. 2003/1483, reg. 3(2))

[F2100A Admission to meetings of principal councils.E

(1)A meeting of a principal council shall be open to the public except to the extent that they are excluded (whether during the whole or part of the proceedings) under subsection (2) below or by resolution under subsection (4) below.

(2)The public shall be excluded from a meeting of a principal council during an item of business whenever it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that, if members of the public were present during that item, confidential information would be disclosed to them in breach of the obligation of confidence; and nothing in this Part shall be taken to authorise or require the disclosure of confidential information in breach of the obligation of confidence.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2) above, “confidential information” means—

(a)information furnished to the council by a Government department upon terms (however expressed) which forbid the disclosure of the information to the public; and

(b)information the disclosure of which to the public is prohibited by or under any enactment or by the order of a court;

and, in either case, the reference to the obligation of confidence is to be construed accordingly.

(4)A principal council may by resolution exclude the public from a meeting during an item of business whenever it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during that item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as defined in section 100I below.

(5)A resolution under subsection (4) above shall—

(a)identify the proceedings, or the part of the proceedings, to which it applies, and

(b)state the description, in terms of Schedule 12A to this Act, of the exempt information giving rise to the exclusion of the public,

and where such a resolution is passed this section does not require the meeting to be open to the public during proceedings to which the resolution applies.

(6)The following provisions shall apply in relation to a meeting of a principal council, that is to say—

(a)public notice of the time and place of the meeting shall be given by posting it at the offices of the council [F3five clear days] at least before the meeting or, if the meeting is convened at shorter notice, then at the time it is convened;

(b)while the meeting is open to the public, the council shall not have power to exclude members of the public from the meeting; and

(c)while the meeting is open to the public, duly accredited representatives of newspapers attending the meeting for the purpose of reporting the proceedings for those newspapers shall, so far as practicable, be afforded reasonable facilities for taking their report and, unless the meeting is held in premises not belonging to the council or not on the telephone, for telephoning the report at their own expense.

(7)Nothing in this section shall require a principal council to permit the taking of photographs of any proceedings, or the use of any means to enable persons not present to see or hear any proceedings (whether at the time or later), or the making of any oral report on any proceedings as they take place.

(8)This section is without prejudice to any power of exclusion to suppress or prevent disorderly conduct or other misbehaviour at a meeting.]

Extent Information

E1This version of this provision extends to England only; a separate version has been created for Wales only

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C14Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) by Community Health Councils (Access to Information) Act 1988 (c. 24, SIF 113:2), s. 1(1)(2)

S. 100A applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

C15Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) (E.) (1.1.2003) by The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3038), reg. 11, Sch. 2 para. 1(1)(2)

C18Ss. 100A-100D applied (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise prosp.) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(a), 324(1)(c)(3) (with ss. 172(3), 185)

C19S. 100A(4) modified (11.5.2001 for specified purposes, 1.1.2003 for E. and otherwise 1.3.2007) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 9, 70(2), Sch. 1 (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2003/53, art. 3(a); S.I. 2006/1407, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. 2 para. 8

S. 100A(4) modified (1.3.2007) by National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41), ss. 246(2), 277(1) (subject to s. 277(2)-(5))

[F2100A Admission to meetings of principal councils.W

(1)A meeting of a principal council shall be open to the public except to the extent that they are excluded (whether during the whole or part of the proceedings) under subsection (2) below or by resolution under subsection (4) below.

(2)The public shall be excluded from a meeting of a principal council during an item of business whenever it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that, if members of the public were present during that item, confidential information would be disclosed to them in breach of the obligation of confidence; and nothing in this Part shall be taken to authorise or require the disclosure of confidential information in breach of the obligation of confidence.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2) above, “confidential information” means—

(a)information furnished to the council by a Government department upon terms (however expressed) which forbid the disclosure of the information to the public; and

(b)information the disclosure of which to the public is prohibited by or under any enactment or by the order of a court;

and, in either case, the reference to the obligation of confidence is to be construed accordingly.

(4)A principal council may by resolution exclude the public from a meeting during an item of business whenever it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the public were present during that item there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as defined in section 100I below.

(5)A resolution under subsection (4) above shall—

(a)identify the proceedings, or the part of the proceedings, to which it applies, and

(b)state the description, in terms of Schedule 12A to this Act, of the exempt information giving rise to the exclusion of the public,

and where such a resolution is passed this section does not require the meeting to be open to the public during proceedings to which the resolution applies.

(6)The following provisions shall apply in relation to a meeting of a principal council, that is to say—

(a)public notice of the time and place of the meeting shall be given by posting it at the offices of the council three clear days at least before the meeting or, if the meeting is convened at shorter notice, then at the time it is convened;

(b)while the meeting is open to the public, the council shall not have power to exclude members of the public from the meeting; and

(c)while the meeting is open to the public, duly accredited representatives of newspapers attending the meeting for the purpose of reporting the proceedings for those newspapers shall, so far as practicable, be afforded reasonable facilities for taking their report and, unless the meeting is held in premises not belonging to the council or not on the telephone, for telephoning the report at their own expense.

(7)Nothing in this section shall require a principal council to permit the taking of photographs of any proceedings, or the use of any means to enable persons not present to see or hear any proceedings (whether at the time or later), or the making of any oral report on any proceedings as they take place.

(8)This section is without prejudice to any power of exclusion to suppress or prevent disorderly conduct or other misbehaviour at a meeting.]

Extent Information

E3This version of this provision extends to Wales only; a separate version has been created for England only

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C14Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) by Community Health Councils (Access to Information) Act 1988 (c. 24, SIF 113:2), s. 1(1)(2)

S. 100A applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

C18Ss. 100A-100D applied (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise prosp.) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(a), 324(1)(c)(3) (with ss. 172(3), 185)

C19S. 100A(4) modified (11.5.2001 for specified purposes, 1.1.2003 for E. and otherwise 1.3.2007) by 2001 c. 15, ss. 9, 70(2), Sch. 1 (with ss. 64(9), 65(4)); S.I. 2003/53, art. 3(a); S.I. 2006/1407, art. 2, Sch. 1 Pt. 2 para. 8

S. 100A(4) modified (1.3.2007) by National Health Service Act 2006 (c. 41), ss. 246(2), 277(1) (subject to s. 277(2)-(5))

[F4100B Access to agenda and connected reports.E

(1)Copies of the agenda for a meeting of a principal council and, subject to subsection (2) below, copies of any report for the meeting shall be open to inspection by members of the public at the offices of the council in accordance with subsection (3) below.

(2)If the proper officer thinks fit, there may be excluded from the copies of reports provided in pursuance of subsection (1) above the whole of any report which, or any part which, relates only to items during which, in his opinion, the meeting is likely not to be open to the public.

(3)Any document which is required by subsection (1) above to be open to inspection shall be so open at least [F5five clear days] before the meeting, except that—

(a)where the meeting is convened at shorter notice, the copies of the agenda and reports shall be open to inspection from the time the meeting is convened, and

(b)where an item is added to an agenda copies of which are open to inspection by the public, copies of the item (or of the revised agenda), and the copies of any report for the meeting relating to the item, shall be open to inspection from the time the item is added to the agenda;

but nothing in this subsection requires copies of any agenda, item or report to be open to inspection by the public until copies are available to members of the council.

(4)An item of business may not be considered at a meeting of a principal council unless either—

(a)a copy of the agenda including the item (or a copy of the item) is open to inspection by members of the public in pursuance of subsection (1) above for at least [F6five clear days] before the meeting or, where the meeting is convened at shorter notice, from the time the meeting is convened; or

(b)by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the chairman of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

(5)Where by virtue of subsection (2) above the whole or any part of a report for a meeting is not open to inspection by the public under subsection (1) above—

(a)every copy of the report or of the part shall be marked “Not for publication”; and

(b)there shall be stated on every copy of the whole or any part of the report the description, in terms of Schedule 12A to this Act, of the exempt information by virtue of which the council are likely to exclude the public during the item to which the report relates.

(6)Where a meeting of a principal council is required by section 100A above to be open to the public during the proceedings or any part of them, there shall be made available for the use of members of the public present at the meeting a reasonable number of copies of the agenda and, subject to subsection (8) below, of the reports for the meeting.

(7)There shall, on request and on payment of postage or other necessary charge for transmission, be supplied for the benefit of any newspaper—

(a)a copy of the agenda for a meeting of a principal council and, subject to subsection (8) below, a copy of each of the reports for the meeting;

(b)such further statements or particulars, if any, as are necessary to indicate the nature of the items included in the agenda; and

(c)if the proper officer thinks fit in the case of any item, copies of any other documents supplied to members of the council in connection with the item.

(8)Subsection (2) above applies in relation to copies of reports provided in pursuance of subsection (6) or (7) above as it applies in relation to copies of reports provided in pursuance of subsection (1) above.]

Extent Information

E2This version of this provision extends to England only; a separate version has been created for Wales only

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C21Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) by Community Health Councils (Access to Information) Act 1988 (c. 24, SIF 113:2), s. 1(1)(2)

S. 100B applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

C22Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) (E.) (1.1.2003) by The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3038), reg. 11, Sch. 2 para. 1(1)(2)

C23Ss. 100A-100D applied (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise prosp.) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(a), 324(1)(c)(3) (with ss. 172(3), 185)

[F4100B Access to agenda and connected reports.W

(1)Copies of the agenda for a meeting of a principal council and, subject to subsection (2) below, copies of any report for the meeting shall be open to inspection by members of the public at the offices of the council in accordance with subsection (3) below.

(2)If the proper officer thinks fit, there may be excluded from the copies of reports provided in pursuance of subsection (1) above the whole of any report which, or any part which, relates only to items during which, in his opinion, the meeting is likely not to be open to the public.

(3)Any document which is required by subsection (1) above to be open to inspection shall be so open at least three clear days before the meeting, except that—

(a)where the meeting is convened at shorter notice, the copies of the agenda and reports shall be open to inspection from the time the meeting is convened, and

(b)where an item is added to an agenda copies of which are open to inspection by the public, copies of the item (or of the revised agenda), and the copies of any report for the meeting relating to the item, shall be open to inspection from the time the item is added to the agenda;

but nothing in this subsection requires copies of any agenda, item or report to be open to inspection by the public until copies are available to members of the council.

(4)An item of business may not be considered at a meeting of a principal council unless either—

(a)a copy of the agenda including the item (or a copy of the item) is open to inspection by members of the public in pursuance of subsection (1) above for at least three clear days before the meeting or, where the meeting is convened at shorter notice, from the time the meeting is convened; or

(b)by reason of special circumstances, which shall be specified in the minutes, the chairman of the meeting is of the opinion that the item should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency.

(5)Where by virtue of subsection (2) above the whole or any part of a report for a meeting is not open to inspection by the public under subsection (1) above—

(a)every copy of the report or of the part shall be marked “Not for publication”; and

(b)there shall be stated on every copy of the whole or any part of the report the description, in terms of Schedule 12A to this Act, of the exempt information by virtue of which the council are likely to exclude the public during the item to which the report relates.

(6)Where a meeting of a principal council is required by section 100A above to be open to the public during the proceedings or any part of them, there shall be made available for the use of members of the public present at the meeting a reasonable number of copies of the agenda and, subject to subsection (8) below, of the reports for the meeting.

(7)There shall, on request and on payment of postage or other necessary charge for transmission, be supplied for the benefit of any newspaper—

(a)a copy of the agenda for a meeting of a principal council and, subject to subsection (8) below, a copy of each of the reports for the meeting;

(b)such further statements or particulars, if any, as are necessary to indicate the nature of the items included in the agenda; and

(c)if the proper officer thinks fit in the case of any item, copies of any other documents supplied to members of the council in connection with the item.

(8)Subsection (2) above applies in relation to copies of reports provided in pursuance of subsection (6) or (7) above as it applies in relation to copies of reports provided in pursuance of subsection (1) above.]

Extent Information

E4This version of this provision extends to Wales only; a separate version has been created for England only

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C21Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) by Community Health Councils (Access to Information) Act 1988 (c. 24, SIF 113:2), s. 1(1)(2)

S. 100B applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

C23Ss. 100A-100D applied (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise prosp.) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(a), 324(1)(c)(3) (with ss. 172(3), 185)

[F7100C Inspection of minutes and other documents after meetings.E+W

(1)After a meeting of a principal council the following documents shall be open to inspection by members of the public at the offices of the council until the expiration of the period of six years beginning with the date of the meeting, namely—

(a)the minutes, or a copy of the minutes, of the meeting, excluding so much of the minutes of proceedings during which the meeting was not open to the public as discloses exempt information;

(b)where applicable, a summary under subsection (2) below;

(c)a copy of the agenda for the meeting; and

(d)a copy of so much of any report for the meeting as relates to any item during which the meeting was open to the public.

(2)Where, in consequence of the exclusion of parts of the minutes which disclose exempt information, the document open to inspection under subsection (1)(a) above does not provide members of the public with a reasonably fair and coherent record of the whole or part of the proceedings, the proper officer shall make a written summary of the proceedings or the part, as the case may be, which provides such a record without disclosing the exempt information.]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C26Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) by Community Health Councils (Access to Information) Act 1988 (c. 24, SIF 113:2), s. 1(1)(2)

S. 100C applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

C27Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) (E.) (1.1.2003) by The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3038), reg. 11, Sch. 2 para. 1(1)(2)

C28Ss. 100A-100D applied (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise prosp.) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(a), 324(1)(c)(3) (with ss. 172(3), 185)

[F8100D Inspection of background papers.E+W

[F9(1)Subject, in the case of section 100C(1), to subsection (2) below, if and so long as copies of the whole or part of a report for a meeting of a principal council are required by section 100B(1) or 100C(1) above to be open to inspection by members of the public—

(a)those copies shall each include a copy of a list, compiled by the proper officer, of the background papers for the report or the part of the report, and

(b)at least one copy of each of the documents included in that list shall also be open to inspection at the offices of the council.]

(2)Subsection (1) above does not require a copy F10. . . of any document included in the list, to be open to inspection after the expiration of the period of four years beginning with the date of the meeting.

(3)Where a copy of any of the background papers for a report is required by subsection (1) above to be open to inspection by members of the public, the copy shall be taken for the purposes of this Part to be so open if arrangements exist for its production to members of the public as soon as is reasonably practicable after the making of a request to inspect the copy.

(4)Nothing in this section—

(a)requires any document which discloses exempt information to be included in the list referred to in subsection (1) above; or

(b)without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2) of section 100A above, requires or authorises the inclusion in the list of any document which, if open to inspection by the public, would disclose confidential information in breach of the obligation of confidence, within the meaning of that subsection.

(5)For the purposes of this section the background papers for a report are those documents relating to the subject matter of the report which—

(a)disclose any facts or matters on which, in the opinion of the proper officer, the report or an important part of the report is based, and

(b)have, in his opinion, been relied on to a material extent in preparing the report,

but do not include any published works.]

Textual Amendments

F9S. 100D(1) substituted (1.10.2000 for E., 28.7.2001 for W.) by 2000 c. 22, ss. 97(1), 108(4); S.I. 2000/2187, art. 3

F10Words in s. 100D(2) repealed (1.10.2000 for E., 28.7.2001 for W.) by 2000 c. 22, ss. 97(2), 107(2), 108(4), Sch. 6; S.I. 2000/2187, art. 3

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C31Ss. 100A-100D applied (with modifications) (E.) (1.1.2003) by The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3038), reg. 11, Sch. 2 para. 1(1)(2)

C32Ss. 100A-100D applied (12.11.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise prosp.) by Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (c. 23), ss. 151(7)(a), 324(1)(c)(3) (with ss. 172(3), 185)

[F11100E Application to committees and sub-committees.E+W

(1)Sections 100A to 100D above shall apply in relation to a committee or sub-committee of a principal council as they apply in relation to a principal council.

(2)In the application by virtue of this section of sections 100A to 100D above in relation to a committee or sub-committee—

(a)section 100A(6)(a) shall be taken to have been complied with if the notice is given by posting it at the time there mentioned at the offices of every constituent principal council and, if the meeting of the committee or sub-committee to which that section so applies is to be held at premises other than the offices of such a council, at those premises;

(b)for the purposes of section 100A(6)(c), premises belonging to a constituent principal council shall be treated as belonging to the committee or sub-committee; and

(c)for the purposes of sections 100B(1), 100C(1) and 100D(1), offices of any constituent principal council shall be treated as offices of the committee or sub-committee.

(3)Any reference in this Part to a committee or sub-committee of a principal council is a reference to—

(a)a committee which is constituted under an enactment specified in section 101(9) below or which is appointed by one or more principal councils under section 102 below; or

(b)a joint committee not falling within paragraph (a) above which is appointed or established under any enactment by two or more principal councils and is not a body corporate; or

[F12(bb)the Navigation Committee of the Broads Authority; or]

(c)a sub-committee appointed or established under any enactment by one or more committees falling within [F13paragraphs (a) to (bb)] above.

(4)Any reference in this Part to a constituent principal council, in relation to a committee or sub-committee, is a reference—

(a)in the case of a committee, to the principal council, or any of the principal councils, of which it is a committee; and

(b)in the case of a sub-committee, to any principal council which, by virtue of paragraph (a) above, is a constituent principal council in relation to the committee, or any of the committees, which established or appointed the sub-committee.]

Textual Amendments

F12S. 100E(3)(bb) inserted by Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 (c. 4, SIF 81:1),ss. 21, 23(2), 27(2), Sch. 6 para. 10(4)

F13Words substituted by Norfolk and Suffolk Broads Act 1988 (c. 4, SIF 81:1),ss. 21, 23(2), 27(2), Sch. 6 para. 10(4)

Valid from 12/12/2008

[F14100EAInspection of records relating to functions exercisable by membersE+W

(1)The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision for written records of decisions made or action taken by a member of a local authority, in exercise of a function of the authority by virtue of arrangements made under section 236 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, to be made and provided to the authority by the member.

(2)Any written record provided to the authority under regulations under subsection (1) shall be open to inspection by members of the public at the offices of the authority for the period of six years beginning with the date on which the decision was made or action was taken.

(3)A statutory instrument containing regulations under subsection (1) shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

Textual Amendments

F14S. 100EA inserted (12.12.2008) by Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28), ss. 237(1), 245; S.I. 2008/3110, art. 2(i)

[F15100F Additional rights of access to documents for members of principal councils.E+W

(1)Any document which is in the possession or under the control of a principal council and contains material relating to any business to be transacted at a meeting of the council or a committee or sub-committee of the council shall, subject to sub-section (2) below, be open to inspection by any member of the council.

(2)Where it appears to the proper officer that a document discloses exempt information of a description for the time being falling within any of paragraphs 1 to 6, 9, 11, 12 and 14 of Part I of Schedule 12A to this Act, subsection (1) above does not require the document to be open to inspection.

(3)The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (2) above—

(a)by adding to the descriptions of exempt information to which that subsection refers for the time being; or

(b)by removing any description of exempt information to which it refers for the time being.

(4)Any statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (3) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

(5)The rights conferred by this section on a member of a principal council are in addition to any other rights he may have apart from this section.]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C33S. 100F applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

[F16100G Principal councils to publish additional information.E+W

(1)A principal council shall maintain a register stating—

(a)the name and address of every member of the council for the time being and the ward or division which he represents; and

(b)the name and address of every member of each committee or sub-committee of the council for the time being.

(2)A principal council shall maintain a list—

(a)specifying those powers of the council which, for the time being, are exercisable from time to time by officers of the council in pursuance of arrangements made under this Act or any other enactment for their discharge by those officers; and

(b)stating the title of the officer by whom each of the powers so specified is for the time being so exercisable;

but this subsection does not require a power to be specified in the list if the arrangements for its discharge by the officer are made for a specified period not exceeding six months.

(3)There shall be kept at the offices of every principal council a written summary of the rights—

(a)to attend meetings of a principal council and of committees and sub-committees of a principal council, and

(b)to inspect and copy documents and to be furnished with documents,

which are for the time being conferred by this Part, Part XI below and such other enactments as the Secretary of State by order specifies.

(4)The register maintained under subsection (1) above, the list maintained under subsection (2) above and the summary kept under subsection (3) above shall be open to inspection by the public at the offices of the council.]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C34S. 100G applied (with modifications) (8.1.1996) by 1995 c. x, ss. 1(3), 44, Sch. Pt. I

[F17100H Supplemental provisions and offences.E+W

(1)A document directed by any provision of this Part to be open to inspection shall be so open at all reasonable hours and—

(a)in the case of a document open to inspection by virtue of section 100D(1) above, upon payment of such reasonable fee as may be required for the facility; and

(b)in any other case, without payment.

(2)Where a document is open to inspection by a person under any provision of this Part, the person may, subject to subsection (3) below—

(a)make copies of or extracts from the document, or

(b)require the person having custody of the document to supply to him a photographic copy of or of extracts from the document,

upon payment of such reasonable fee as may be required for the facility.

(3)Subsection (2) above does not require or authorise the doing of any such act which infringes the copyright in any work except that, where the owner of the copyright is a principal council, nothing done in pursuance of that subsection shall constitute an infringement of the copyright.

(4)If, without reasonable excuse, a person having the custody of a document which is required by section 100B(1) or 100C(1) above to be open to inspection by the public—

(a)intentionally obstructs any person exercising a right conferred by this Part to inspect, or to make a copy of or extracts from, the document, or

(b)refuses to furnish copies to any person entitled to obtain them under any provision of this Part,

he shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 1 on the standard scale.

(5)Where any accessible document for a meeting to which this subsection applies—

(a)is supplied to, or open to inspection by, a member of the public, or

(b)is supplied for the benefit of any newspaper, in pursuance of section 100B(7) above,

the publication thereby of any defamatory matter contained in the document shall be privileged unless the publication is proved to be made with malice.

(6)Subsection (5) above applies to any meeting of a principal council and any meeting of a committee or sub-committee of a principal council; and, for the purposes of that subsection, the “accessible documents”; for a meeting are the following—

(a)any copy of the agenda or of any item included in the agenda for the meeting;

(b)any such further statements or particulars for the purpose of indicating the nature of any item included in the agenda as are mentioned in section 100B(7)(b) above;

(c)any copy of a document relating to such an item which is supplied for the benefit of a newspaper in pursuance of section 100B(7)(c) above;

(d)any copy of the whole or part of a report for the meeting;

(e)any copy of the whole or part of any background papers for a report for the meeting, within the meaning of section 100D above.

(7)The rights conferred by this Part to inspect, copy and be furnished with documents are in addition, and without prejudice, to any such rights conferred by or under any other enactment.]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C37S. 100H applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27 (as amended (W.) (21.5.2021) by The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (Consequential Amendments and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/356), reg. 7(2)(g))

S. 100H applied (with modifications) (E.) (1.1.2003) by The Commision for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (Membership and Procedure) Regulations 2002 (S.I. 2002/3038), reg. 11, Sch. 2 para. 1(3)

[F18100I Exempt information and power to vary Schedule 12A.E+W

(1)The descriptions of information which are, for the purposes of this Part, exempt information are those for the time being specified in Part I of Schedule 12A to this Act, but subject to any qualifications contained in Part II of that Schedule; and Part III has effect for the interpretation of that Schedule.

(2)The Secretary of State may by order vary Schedule 12A to this Act by adding to it any description or other provision or by deleting from it or varying any description or other provision for the time being specified or contained in it.

(3)The Secretary of State may exercise the power conferred by subsection (2) above by amending any Part of Schedule 12A to this Act, with or without amendment of any other Part.

(4)Any statutory instrument containing an order under this section shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

Textual Amendments

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C41S. 100I applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27

[F19100J Application to new authorities, Common Council, etc.E+W

(1)Except in this section, any reference in this Part to a principal council includes a reference to—

F20(a). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(b)a joint authority;

[F21(bb)the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority;]

(c)the Common Council;

[F22(cc)The Broads Authority;]

[F23(cd)a National Park authority;]

(d)a joint board or joint committee falling within subsection (2) below;

[F24(e)a police authority established under [F25section 3 of the Police Act 1996];]

[F26(eza)the Metropolitan Police Authority;]

(ea)F27. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(f)a combined fire authority.

(2)A joint board or joint committee falls within this subsection if—

(a)it is constituted under any enactment as a body corporate; and

(b)it discharges functions of two or more principal councils;

and for the purposes of this subsection any body falling within paragraph (a), (b) [F28, (bb)] or (c) of subsection (1) above shall be treated as a principal council.

(3)In its application by virtue of subsection (1) above in relation to a body falling within paragraph F29. . . , (b) [F30(bb),][F31(cc)], [F32(cd)] , (d), (e) [F33(eza),]. . . or (f) of that subsection, section 100A (6)(a) above shall have effect with the insertion after the word “council” of the words “ and, if the meeting is to be held at premises other than those offices, at those premises ”.]

(3A)F34. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(4)In its application by virtue of subsection (1) above, section 100G(1)(a) above shall have effect—

(a)in relation to a joint authority or a [F35police authority established under [F25section 3 of the Police Act 1996][F36or the Metropolitan Police Authority]. . . , with the substitution for the words from “ward” onwards of the words “ name or description of the body [F37or other person that] appointed him ”; and

[F38(aa)in relation to the Broads Authority or its Navigation Committee [F39or any National Park authority], with the substitution for the words from “ward” onwards of the words “ name of the [F40person who] appointed him ”; and]

(b)in relation to joint board or joint committee falling within subsection (2) above, with the omission of the words from “and the ward” onwards; and

(c)in relation to a combined fire authority, with the substitution for the words “ward or division” of the words “ constituent area ”.

[F41(4A)In its application by virtue of subsection (1)(bb) above in relation to the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, section 100G(1)(a) shall have effect with the substitution for the words “the ward or division which he represents” of the words whether he is an Assembly representative or a borough representative, and—

(i)if he is an Assembly representative, whether he is a London member or a constituency member and, if a constituency member, the Assembly constituency for which he is a member; or

(ii)if he is a borough representative, the council of which he is a member (whether a London borough council or the Common Council).]

(5)In this section “combined fire authority” means a fire authority constituted by a combination scheme under the M1 Fire Services Act 1947.]

Textual Amendments

F20Words repealed by Education Reform Act 1988 (c. 40 SIF 41:1),ss. 231(7), 235(6), 237(2), Sch. 13 Pt. I

F21S. 100J(1)(bb) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, ss. 331(2) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/1094, art. 4(d)

F23S. 100J(1)(cd) inserted (19.9.1995) by 1995 c. 25, ss. 63(5), 125(2), Sch. 7 para. 12(2)(a) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch, 8 para. 7)

F24S. 100J(1)(e) substituted (1.10.1994 for specified purposes otherwise 1.4.1995) by 1994 c. 29, s. 43, Sch. 4 Pt. I para. 9(2); S.I. 1994/2025, art. 6; S.I. 1994/3262, art. 4, Sch.

F27S. 100J(1)(ea) repealed (1.4.2002) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 128, 137, 138(2), Sch 6 para. 26(a), Sch. 7 Pt. 5(1); S.I. 2002/344, art. 3(j)(k)(m) (with transitional provisions in art. 4)

F28Words in s. 100J(2) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 331(3) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/1094, art. 4(d)

F29Reference to paragraph (a) repealed by Education Reform Act 1988 (c. 40, SIF 41:1) ss. 231(7), 235(6), 237(2), Sch. 13 Pt. I

F30Words in s. 100J(3) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 331(4) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/1094, art. 4(d)

F32Words in s. 100J(3) inserted (19.9.1995) by 1995 c. 25, ss. 63(5), 125(2), Sch. 7 para. 12(2)(b) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7)

F34S. 100J(3A) repealed (1.4.2002) by 2001 c. 16, ss. 128, 137, 138(2), Sch 6 para. 26(c), Sch. 7 Pt. 5(1); S.I. 2002/344, art. 3(j)(k)(m) (with transitional provisions in art. 4)

F35Words in s. 100J(4)(a) substituted (1.10.1994 for specified purposes otherwise 1.4.1995) by 1994 c. 29, s. 43, Sch. 4 Pt. I para. 9(3)(a); S.I. 1994/2025, art. 6; S.I. 1994/3236, art. 4, Sch.

F37Words in s. 100J(4)(a) substituted (1.10.1994 for specified purposes otherwise 1.4.1995) by 1994 c. 29, s. 43, Sch. 4 Pt. I para. 9(3)(b); S.I. 1994/2025, art. 6; S.I. 1994/3236, art. 4, Sch.

F39Words in s. 100J(4)(aa) inserted (19.9.1995) by 1995 c. 25, ss. 63(5), 125(2), Sch. 7 para. 12(2)(c)(i) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7)

F40Words in s. 100J(4)(aa) substituted (19.9.1995) by 1995 c. 25, ss. 63(5), 125(2), Sch. 7 para. 12(2)(c)(ii) (with ss. 7(6), 115, 117, Sch. 8 para. 7)

F41S. 100J(4A) inserted (3.7.2000) by 1999 c. 29, s. 331(5) (with Sch. 12 para. 9(1)); S.I. 2000/1094, art. 4(d)

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C43S. 100J(1)(b) amended by S.I. 1985/1884, art. 10, Sch. 3 para. 1(h)

C44S. 100J(1)(b) modified by S.I. 1987/2110, art. 2(2), Sch. 1 para. 3(h)

Marginal Citations

[F42100K Interpretation and application of Part VA.E+W

(1)In this Part—

  • committee or sub-committee of a principal council” shall be construed in accordance with section 100E(3) above;

  • constituent principal council” shall be construed in accordance with section 100E(4) above;

  • copy”, in relation to any document, includes a copy made from a copy;

  • exempt information” has the meaning given by section 100I above;

  • information” includes an expression of opinion, any recommendations and any decision taken;

  • newspaper” includes—

(a)a news agency which systematically carries on the business of selling and supplying reports or information to news-papers; and

(b)any organisation which is systematically engaged in collecting news—

(i)for sound or television broadcasts; or

[F43(ii)for inclusion in programmes to be included in any programme service (within the meaning of the Broadcasting Act 1990) other than a sound or television broadcasting service;]

principal council” shall be construed in accordance with section 100J above.

(2)Any reference in this Part to a meeting is a reference to a meeting held after 1st April 1986]

[F44(3)The Secretary of State may by order amend sections 100A(6)(a) and 100B(3) and (4)(a) above so as to substitute for each reference to three clear days such greater number of days as may be specified in the order.

F44(4)Any statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (3) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.]

Textual Amendments

F44S. 100K(3)(4) inserted (E.) (1.10.2000) and (W.) (28.7.2001) by 2000 c. 22, ss. 98(1), 108(4); S.I. 2000/2187, art. 3

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C45S. 100K applied (with modifications) (W.) (28.7.2001) by S.I. 2001/2283, regs. 26, 27 (as amended (W.) (21.5.2021) by The Local Government and Elections (Wales) Act 2021 (Consequential Amendments and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/356), reg. 7(2)(h))

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