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(1)Before conducting an initial review of a proposed principal area, the Commission must take the steps which it considers appropriate—
(a)to bring the review to the attention of the mandatory consultees and any other persons it considers likely to be interested in the review, and
(b)to make the mandatory consultees and other interested persons aware of the direction to conduct the review and any other directions given by the Welsh Ministers which are relevant to the review.
(2)Before conducting an initial review, the Commission must also consult the mandatory consultees on its intended procedure and methodology for the initial review and, in particular, on how it proposes to determine the appropriate number of members of the principal local authority for the proposed principal area.
(3)In this Act “the mandatory consultees” means—
(a)the principal local authorities whose principal areas are to be merged into the proposed principal area and the councils for any existing community or existing communities in the proposed principal area, and
(b)any other persons specified by the Welsh Ministers in the direction to conduct the review.
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