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37For section 54 substitute—
(1)In preparing a draft of any code under section 53, the Department shall consult such organisations representing the interests of employers or of disabled persons in, or seeking, employment as the Department considers appropriate.
(2)Where the Department proposes to issue a code, the Department shall publish a draft of the code, consider any representations that are made to the Department about the draft and, if the Department thinks it appropriate, modify its proposals in the light of any of those representations.
(3)If the Department decides to proceed with the code, the Department shall lay a draft of it before the Assembly.
(4)If, within the statutory period, the Assembly resolves not to approve the draft, the Department shall take no further steps in relation to the proposed code.
(5)If no such resolution is made within the statutory period, the Department shall issue the code in the form of its draft.
(6)The code shall come into force on such date as the Department may appoint by order.
(7)Subsection (4) does not prevent a new draft of the proposed code from being laid before the Assembly.
(8)The Department may by order revoke a code.
(9)In this section—
“the Department” means the Department of Economic Development; and
“statutory period” has the meaning assigned to it by section 41(2) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954.”.
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