How many acts of the Westminster Parliament include clauses, which state the Act, binds the Crown but if the Crown is in breach, there is no criminal sanction
Information Standards Freedom of Information Response
Our Ref: FoI 34-21
6 September 2021
Freedom of Information Act 2000
I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission does not hold the information, which you requested on 20August 2021. In your request you asked for the following information:
“Typically many acts of the Westminster Parliament include clauses, which state, the Act binds the Crown but if the Crown is in breach there is no criminal sanction. Please advise how many Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly over the last 5 years contain similar clauses.”
The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission does not hold this information.
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 the Assembly Commission is not required to provide information that is already available in a form accessible by the public. Information relating to Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly is therefore exempt under section 21 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the information is reasonably available by other means. This information is available on legislation.gov.uk
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