This document has been prepared by the Secretariat to the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information at the request of the Commission’s Chair. It covers:
- how other countries protect collective cabinet agreement, and sensitive policy advice within the context of their access to information regimes
- whether other countries have a power similar to the ministerial override
It looks at countries that have comparable Westminster style constitutions: Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, and New Zealand (the Westminster countries). It also includes Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the USA.