Section 15A – Ombudsmen may take over some investigations or investigate in conjunction with public sector organisation

(1) An Ombudsman may take over an investigation of a disclosure of information by a public sector organisation, or investigate a disclosure of information in conjunction with a public sector organisation, if—
(a) the disclosure is in respect of the public sector organisation; and
(b) the Ombudsman considers that any of the circumstances in section 10(1)(b)(i) to (iii) apply; and
(c) the employee who made the disclosure consents to the Ombudsman acting under this section; and
(d) in the case of an investigation in conjunction with a public sector organisation, the public sector organisation consents to the Ombudsman acting under this section.
(2) However, subsection (1) does not authorise an Ombudsman to act if the protected disclosure of information is in respect of the Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.
(3) This section is subject to sections 12 to 14.

Commentary

This section gives an Ombudsman power to take over an investigation of a disclosure by a public sector organisation (PSO) or investigate in conjunction with that PSO  provides it relates to the PSO and the employee involved consents to such action and that section 10 (1) (b) (i) to (iii) also applies. If such investigation is in conjunction with a PSO the PSO is required to consent to such action.  Again the Ombudsman has no power to act if the matter involves the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment.