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Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994

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21Reports from inspectors of constabulary

After section 38 of the 1964 Act there shall be inserted—

38APublication of reports

(1)Subject to subsection (2) of this section, the Secretary of State shall arrange for any report received by him under section 38(2) of this Act to be published in such manner as he thinks fit.

(2)The Secretary of State may exclude from publication under subsection (1) of this section any part of a report if, in his opinion, the publication of that part—

(a)would be against the interests of national security, or

(b)might jeopardise the safety of any person.

(3)The Secretary of State shall send a copy of the published report—

(a)(except where he is himself the police authority) to the police authority maintaining the police force to which the report relates, and

(b)to the chief officer of police of that police force.

(4)The police authority shall invite the chief officer of police to submit comments on the published report to the authority before such date as it may specify.

(5)The police authority shall prepare comments on the published report and shall arrange for—

(a)its comments,

(b)any comments submitted by the chief officer of police in accordance with subsection (4) of this section, and

(c)any response which the authority has to the comments submitted by the chief officer,

to be published in such manner as the authority thinks fit.

(6)The police authority (except where it is the Secretary of State) shall send a copy of any document published under subsection (5) of this section to the Secretary of State.

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