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17 Laying before Parliament and publication of reports.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, the Secretary of State shall lay a copy of any report made to him under section F1. . ., 11(10) or 13(5) above before each House of Parliament and shall arrange for the report to be published in such manner as appears to him appropriate.

(2)The Secretary of State shall not lay a copy of a report made to him under section F2. . . 11(10) above before either House of Parliament unless at least twenty-four hours before doing so he has transmitted to every person specified in the reference a copy of the report in the form in which it is laid (or by virtue of subsection (3) below is treated as being laid) before each House of Parliament.

(3)If a report made to him under section F1. . ., 11(10) or 13(5) above is presented by command of Her Majesty to either House of Parliament otherwise than at or during the time of a sitting of that House, the presentation of the report shall for the purposes of this section be treated as the laying of a copy of it before that House by the Secretary of State.

(4)If it appears to the Secretary of State that the publication of any matter in a report made to him under section F1. . ., 11(10) or 13(5) above would be against the public interest, he shall exclude that matter from the copies of the report as laid before Parliament and from the report as published under this section.

(5)Without prejudice to subsection (4) above, if the Secretary of State considers that it would not be in the public interest to disclose—

(a)any matter contained in a report made to him under section F1. . ., 11(10) or 13(5) above relating to the private affairs of an individual whose interests would, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, be seriously and prejudicially affected by the publication of that matter, or

(b)any matter contained in such a report relating specifically to the affairs of a particular person whose interests would, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, be seriously and prejudicially affected by the publication of that matter,

the Secretary of State shall exclude that matter from the copies of the report as laid before Parliament and from the report as published by virtue of subsection (1) above.

(6)Any reference in [F3section] 12 above to a report of the Commission shall be construed as a reference to the report in the form in which copies of it are laid (or by virtue of subsection (3) of this section are treated as having been laid) before each House of Parliament under this section.

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F3Words in s. 17(6) substituted (1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 41, ss. 74(1), Sch. 12 para. 4(7)(c) (with s. 73); S.I. 2000/344, art. 2, Sch.

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