(1) As soon as is reasonably practicable after the date that is 5 years from the commencement of this Act, an independent audit of recordkeeping practices must be carried out in every public office.
(2) The Chief Archivist must commission and meet the costs of each audit, which must—
(a) cover the aspects of recordkeeping practices specified for the purpose of the audit by the Chief Archivist; and
(b) be based on criteria developed by the Chief Archivist.
(3) Further audits must be conducted at intervals of not less than 5 years and not more than 10 years after the date of the previous audit (but it is not necessary to conduct an audit of all public offices in the same year).