Law Commission releases final report on review of official information legislation

The Law Commission's report entitled The Public's Right to Know: Review of the Official Information Legislation (R125, 2012) was tabled in Parliament on 25 July 2012. The report evaluates how effective the Official Information Act 1982 and the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 are today, some 30 years since they came into effect.

The Commission has found that a number of significant commercial, economic, legislative and societal changes mean that key aspects of the Acts need to be reformed. The Government has also made it clear that open and transparent government, including greater access to useful information, is one of the results it expects under the Better Public Services agenda.

The report follows the Law Commission’s survey of users of the Acts in 2009-2010 and an issues paper in 2010. The Government will now consider the recommendations in the Law Commission’s report and will respond to them in due course.