687. Joint action and joint inspection programmes.

The inspectorate may act jointly with another public authority1 where it is appropriate to do so for the efficient and effective discharge of the inspectorate's functions2, and pursuant to this power the chief inspector3 must prepare a joint inspection programme4, acting jointly with:

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    (1)     Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons5;

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    (2)     Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary6; and

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    (3)     Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of the Crown Prosecution Service7.

Before preparing a joint inspection programme the chief inspector must consult the Secretary of State and8:

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    (a)     Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons9;

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    (b)     Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary10;

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    (c)     Her