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Part 2Disclosure of sensitive material

Closed material procedure: general

12Reports on use of closed material procedure

(1)The Secretary of State must—

(a)prepare a report on the matters mentioned in subsection (2) for—

(i)the period of twelve months beginning with the day on which section 6 comes into force, and

(ii)every subsequent twelve month period, and

(b)lay a copy of each such report before Parliament.

(2)The matters are—

(a)the number of applications made during the reporting period—

(i)by the Secretary of State under section 6(2)(a)(i) or 7(4)(a)(i), and

(ii)by persons other than the Secretary of State under section 6(2)(a)(ii) or 7(4)(a)(ii),

(b)the number of declarations made by the court under section 6(1), and the number of revocations made by the court under section 7(2) or (3), during the reporting period—

(i)in response to applications made by the Secretary of State during the reporting period,

(ii)in response to applications made by the Secretary of State during previous reporting periods,

(iii)in response to applications made by persons other than the Secretary of State during the reporting period,

(iv)in response to applications made by persons other than the Secretary of State during previous reporting periods, and

(v)of the court’s own motion,

(c)the number of final judgments given in section 6 proceedings during the reporting period which are closed judgments, and

(d)the number of such judgments which are not closed judgments.

(3)The report may also include such other matters as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

(4)The duty under subsection (1) in relation to the preparation and laying of a report must be carried out as soon as reasonably practicable after the end of the twelve month period to which the report relates.

(5)In this section—