6(1)Whenever he is required to do so by the Police Authority, the chief constable must submit to it a report—E+W+S
(a)on such matters connected with policing by the Constabulary, and
(b)in such form,
as it may specify.
(2)The Police Authority may—
(a)arrange for a report submitted to it under this paragraph to be published in such manner as appears to it to be appropriate; or
(b)require the chief constable to arrange for it to be published in that manner.
(3)If it appears to the chief constable that a report required from him under this paragraph would contain—
(a)information which, in the public interest, ought not to be disclosed, or
(b)information which is not needed by the Police Authority for the carrying out of its functions,
he may request the Police Authority to refer its requirement for a report to the Secretary of State.
(4)Where a request is made under sub-paragraph (3), the requirement for the report has effect only to the extent that it is confirmed by the Secretary of State.