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5.—(1) The Authority shall, before each financial year, publish a document (the “forward work programme”) containing a general description of the projects, [F1which it plans to undertake during the year in the exercise of its relevant functions (other than projects comprising routine activities in the exercise of those functions)].

(2) That description shall include the objectives of each project.

(3) The forward work programme for any year shall also include an estimate of the overall expenditure which the Authority expects to incur during the year in the exercise of its [F2relevant functions] .

[F3(3A) The forward work programme prepared under this Article may, if the Authority so decides, be combined in a single programme with the forward work programme of the Authority prepared under Article 4 of the Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006: and references in the following provisions of this Article to a forward work programme include references to such a combined programme.]

(4) Before publishing the forward work programme for any year, the Authority shall give notice—

(a)containing a draft of the forward work programme; and

(b)specifying the time within which representations or objections to the proposals contained in it may be made,

and shall consider any representations or objections which are duly made and not withdrawn.

(5) The notice under paragraph (4) shall be published by the Authority in such manner as it considers appropriate for the purpose of bringing the matters contained in it to the attention of persons likely to be affected by them.

[F4(6) The Authority shall send a copy of any notice given by it under paragraph (4) to the Council and the Department and also (in the case of notice concerning a combined single programme under paragraph (3A)) to the Department for Regional Development.

(7) In this Article and the following provisions of this Order references to the Authority's relevant functions are references to the functions of the Authority under—

(a)the Electricity Order;

(b)the Gas Order; and

(c)this Order.]

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