(a)must, as soon as practicable after the end of each financial year (see paragraph 18), prepare a report about the carrying out of its functions during the year, and
(b)may, in exceptional cases, prepare a report at any other time about any matter relating to the carrying out of its functions.
(2)As soon as practicable after preparing a report under sub-paragraph (1), the Commission must give a copy of the report to the Minister for the Civil Service and to the First Ministers for Scotland and Wales.
(3)The Commission must then publish the report in the way the Commission thinks appropriate.
(4)The Minister for the Civil Service must lay a copy of the report before Parliament (unless it has been arranged for the Comptroller and Auditor General to do so).
(5)The First Minister for Scotland must lay a copy of the report before the Scottish Parliament.
(6)The First Minister for Wales must lay a copy of the report before the National Assembly for Wales.
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