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4 The Director of GCHQ.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The operations of GCHQ shall continue to be under the control of a Director appointed by the Secretary of State.

(2)The Director shall be responsible for the efficiency of GCHQ and it shall be his duty to ensure—

(a)that there are arrangements for securing that no information is obtained by GCHQ except so far as necessary for the proper discharge of its functions and that no information is disclosed by it except so far as necessary for that purpose or for the purpose of any criminal proceedings; and

(b)that GCHQ does not take any action to further the interests of any United Kingdom political party.

(3)Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2)(a) above, the disclosure of information shall be regarded as necessary for the proper discharge of the functions of GCHQ if it consists of—

(a)the disclosure of records subject to and in accordance with the M1Public Records Act 1958; or

(b)the disclosure, subject to and in accordance with arrangements approved by the Secretary of State, of information to the Comptroller and Auditor General for the purposes of his functions.

(4)The Director shall make an annual report on the work of GCHQ to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State and may at any time report to either of them on any matter relating to its work.

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I1S. 4 wholly in force at 15.12.1994; S. 4 not in force at Royal Assent, see s. 12(2); s. 4 in force at 2.11.1994 for certain purposes and wholly in force at 15.12.1994 by S.I. 1994/2734, art. 2

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