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.