(1) In the note at the foot of section 61B(1) of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 , after " section 54(2)" insert "and sub-section (1A) below".
(2) After section 61B(1) of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 insert —
"(1A) Despite anything to the contrary in section 54(2) of this Act, section 20 of the Evidence Act 1958 applies to and in relation to an investigation by the Director as if a reference in that section 20 to a law officer were a reference to the Director of Public Prosecutions.".
(3) After section 61B(4) of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 insert —
"(4A) For the purposes of sub-section (3), the Director may certify in respect of—
(a) particular information, or any or all information of a particular class, to be provided by a particular person; or
(b) particular evidence, or any or all evidence of a particular class, to be given by a particular person.
For example, the Director could certify under sub-section (3) in respect of a single question to be asked of a witness, or in respect of all questions on a particular topic to be asked of a witness.
(4B) For the avoidance of doubt, the Director is not required to give reasons for certifying under sub-section (3).".
(4) In section 61B(7) of the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2001 —
(a) in paragraph (d), for " 1958 ." substitute " 1958 ; or";
(b) after paragraph (d) insert —
"(e) contempt of the Director under section 61H.".