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(1)As soon as practicable after the end of each calendar year, the Commissioner must make a report to the Secretary of State about the carrying out of the Commissioner's functions.
(2)The Commissioner may also, at any other time, make such report to the Secretary of State on any matter relating to the carrying out of those functions as the Commissioner thinks fit.
(3)The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament a copy of every report made to him under this section.
(4)If it appears to the Secretary of State, after consultation with the Commissioner, that the publication of a particular matter contained in a report under this section would be prejudicial to—
(a)national security, or
(b)the prevention or detection of crime,
the Secretary of State may exclude that matter from the copy of the report that he lays before Parliament.
(5)Where a matter is excluded under subsection (4) from a copy of a report laid before Parliament, the Secretary of State must, when he lays that copy of the report, also lay before Parliament a statement that a matter has been excluded from the report under that subsection.
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