Orders for the production of documents

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The power to require the production of information is one of the most significant powers available to a legislature to enable it to carry out is functions of scrutinising legislation and the performance of the executive arm of government.

Orders for the production of documents most frequently require the tabling of documents in the possession of ministers, government departments and agencies, although occasionally an order may require the creation of a document. The order will generally describe the documents sought and specify a date for their tabling.