Strategic plans

7Strategic plans

(1)The Commission must, before the beginning of each 4 year period, lay before the Parliament a plan (referred to in this section as a “strategic plan”) setting out information as to how the Commission proposes to fulfil its general duty during that period.

(2)The plan must, in particular, set out—

(a)the Commission’s objectives and priorities for the period to which the plan relates,

(b)a statement of any areas of the law which it proposes to review under section 4(1)(a) during that period,

(c)details of the other activities or kinds of activities which it proposes to undertake during that period, and

(d)a timetable for each review and other activity or kind of activity referred to in paragraphs (b) and (c).

(3)Before laying a strategic plan before the Parliament, the Commission must provide a draft of it to, and invite comments on it from—

(a)the Parliamentary corporation, and

(b)such other persons as the Commission considers appropriate.

(4)The Commission must arrange for the publication of each strategic plan laid before the Parliament.

(5)The Commission may, at any time during a 4 year period, review the strategic plan for the period and lay a revised plan for the period before the Parliament.

(6)Subsections (3) to (5) apply to a revised plan as they apply to a strategic plan.

(7)In this section, “4 year period” means—

(a)the period of 4 years beginning with the day on which section 2 comes into force, and

(b)each subsequent period of 4 years.