Section 18 – Annual report
97.Section 18 requires the Commissioner to produce an annual report which is to be laid before the Parliament. Subsection (2) lists certain matters that must be contained within the report without precluding the inclusion of any other matters that the Commissioner considers appropriate.
98.The matters required under subsection (2) are:
the number of complaints received;
the number of Stage 1 investigations and information concerning their outcome;
the number of Stage 2 investigations and information concerning their outcome;
the number of complaints withdrawn by the complainer together with information on the stage in the investigation when they were withdrawn; and
the number of further investigations carried out on a direction from the Standards Committee after a Stage 2 report has been completed (see section 10(2)).