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Electricity Order 1992 (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005

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8.  After Article 31 there shall be inserted the following Article—

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31A.(1) Any person adversely affected by any decision, act or failure to act by a licence holder in relation to any matter falling within Article 23(1), (2) or (4) of the Directive (other than a matter falling to be dealt with under Article 26) may make a complaint under this Article (hereinafter referred to as “a complaint”).

(2) A complaint shall be made in writing to the Authority and shall be accompanied by such information as is necessary or expedient to allow the Authority to make a determination in relation to the complaint.

(3) The Authority shall establish and publish such procedures as it thinks appropriate for the determination by it of a complaint.

(4) The procedures established under paragraph (3) shall provide for the determination of the complaint to be notified to the complainant within the requisite period or such longer period as the Authority may agree with the complainant.

(5) For the purposes of paragraph (4) the requisite period in any case means—

(a)the period of two months from the date when the complaint was received by the Authority; or

(b)where the information sent to the Authority under paragraph (2) was in its opinion insufficient to enable it to make a determination, the period of four months from the date the complaint was received by the Authority.

(6) For the purposes of this Article “determination” in relation to any complaint means a determination about the exercise of any power or duty conferred or imposed on the Authority in relation to electricity under this Order or the Energy (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 insofar as that power or duty relates to the subject matter of the complaint..

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