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6. (1) Section 14 is amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (1), for “the Commission” substitute “the Executive”.
(3) For subsection (2), substitute—
“(2) The Executive may at any time—
(a)investigate and make a special report on any matter to which this section applies; or
(b)authorise another person to investigate and make a special report into any such matter.
(2A) The Executive may at any time, with the consent of the Secretary of State, direct an inquiry to be held into any matter to which this section applies.”.
(4) In subsection (3), for “subsection (2)(b)” substitute “subsection (2A)”.
(5) For subsection (5) substitute—
“(5) In the case of a special report made by virtue of subsection (2), or a report made by the person holding an inquiry by virtue of subsection (2A), the Executive may cause the report, or so much of it as the Executive thinks fit, to be made public at such time and in such manner as it thinks fit.”.
(6) In subsection (6)—
(a)for each reference to “the Commission” substitute “the Executive”;
(b)in paragraph (a), for “subsection (2)(a)” substitute “subsection (2)”; and
(c)in paragraph (b), for “subsection (2)(b)” substitute “subsection (2A)”.
(7) In subsection (7), for “subsection (2)(b)” substitute “subsection (2A)”.
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