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(1)The functions of the Commissioner are—
(a)to receive any complaint that the conduct of an Assembly Member has, at a relevant time, failed to comply with a requirement of a relevant provision,
(b)to investigate any such complaint in accordance with the provisions of this Measure,
(c)to report to the Assembly the outcome of any such investigation,
(d)to advise Assembly Members and members of the public about the procedures for making and investigating complaints to which paragraph (a) applies, and
(e)the further functions conferred by section 7.
(2)A “relevant time” means a time when the requirement in question was in force but it is irrelevant whether the conduct in question is alleged to have taken place before or after this section comes into force.
(3)A “relevant provision” means—
(a)any provision of the Standing Orders relating to—
(i)the registration or declaration of financial or other interests,
(ii)the notification by Assembly Members of their membership of societies,
(iii)the registration or notification of any other information relating to Assembly Members or to persons connected to Assembly Members.
(b)any resolution of the Assembly relating to the financial or other interests of Assembly Members,
(c)any Code of Conduct approved by the Assembly relating to standards of conduct of Assembly Members,
(d)any resolution of the Assembly relating to standards of conduct of Assembly Members, and
(e)any provision included in the Standing Orders (or in any code or protocol made under them) in accordance with section 36(6) of the Act.
(4)It is irrelevant whether a relevant provision came into force before or after this section comes into force.
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