Independent Reporting Commission Act 2017

Duty to avoid prejudicial effects

6. (1) In performing its functions the Commission shall not do anything that could reasonably be expected to—

(a) prejudice the national security interests of the State or the United Kingdom,

(b) endanger the safety of any person,

(c) have a prejudicial effect on any proceedings which have been, or are likely to be, instituted before a court or tribunal, or

(d) have a prejudicial effect on the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of crime.

(2) The Minister may issue guidelines to the Commission for the purpose of assisting the Commission in meeting its obligations under subsection (1) and the Commission shall have regard to such guidelines in the performance of its functions.