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93Consideration of whether to investigate if conduct complained about

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(1)The Commissioner must consider whether to carry out an investigation under section 71 of whether the conduct of a person (D) (“the alleged conduct”) amounts to a failure to comply with a standard if—

(a)a person (P) makes a complaint to the Commissioner about that conduct, and

(b)that complaint is valid.

(2)A complaint made by P to the Commissioner is a valid complaint if the conditions in subsections (3) to (6) are met.

(3)P must be—

(a)a person who appears to the Commissioner to have been directly affected by the alleged conduct, or

(b)a person acting on behalf of such a person.

(4)The complaint must be made in writing, unless P’s personal circumstances are such that it would not be reasonable for P to make the complaint in writing.

(5)The complaint must give an address at which the Commissioner may contact P (whether the address is postal, electronic or of another description).

(6)The complaint must identify—

(a)D, and

(b)the alleged conduct.

(7)But, if those conditions are met, the Commissioner need not consider whether to carry out the investigation of the alleged conduct if—

(a)the complaint is made more than 1 year after the affected person became aware of the alleged conduct,

(b)the Commissioner considers that the complaint is frivolous or vexatious or is one that has already been made repeatedly, or

(c)the complaint is withdrawn.

(8)This section does not prevent the Commissioner from considering whether to carry out the investigation of the alleged conduct if—

(a)any of the conditions in subsections (3) to (6) is not met, or

(b)subsection (7) applies.

(9)If a complaint is made under this section by a person acting on behalf of another person, in the provisions of this Measure which relate to appeals or further appeals connected with the complaint, a reference to the person who made the complaint (including a case where that person is referred to as “P”) is to be read as a reference to the other person (and not as a reference to the person who made the complaint).

(10)In this section “affected person” means the person who appears to the Commissioner to have been directly affected by the alleged conduct.

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