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238.—(1) In this Article “consultation regulations” means regulations under Article 236 or 237.

(2) Consultation regulations may—

(a)make provision about the time to be allowed for consultation;

(b)prescribe the information which must be provided to the persons who are required to be consulted;

(c)confer a discretion on the employer in prescribed cases as to the persons who are to be consulted;

(d)make provision about the representatives the employees may have for the purposes of the regulations and the methods by which those representatives are to be selected;

(e)require or authorise the holding of ballots;

(f)amend, apply with or without modifications, or make provision similar to, any provision of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 16) (including, in particular, Parts VI, XI and XV), the Industrial Tribunals (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (NI 18) or the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 12);

(g)enable any requirement for consultation imposed by the regulations to be waived or relaxed by order of the Regulator;

(h)require the employer to communicate to the trustees and managers of the scheme any representations received by the employer in response to any consultation required by the regulations.

(3) Persons on whom obligations are imposed by consultation regulations, either as employers or as the trustees or managers of occupational pension schemes, must, if so required by the Regulator, provide information to the Regulator about the action taken by them for the purpose of complying with the regulations.

(4) Consultation regulations may make provision as to—

(a)the information to be provided under paragraph (3);

(b)the form and manner in which the information is to be provided;

(c)the period within which the information is to be provided.

(5) Nothing in consultation regulations is to be regarded as affecting any duty to consult arising otherwise than under the regulations.

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