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(1)The Secretary of State may, for the purposes of this Part, designate a body corporate as the designated operator for England as from a date specified in the designation.
(2)The Assembly may, for the purposes of this Part, designate a body corporate as the designated operator for Wales as from a date specified in the designation.
(3)The Secretary of State or the Assembly may not designate a body under subsection (1) or (2) unless he or the Assembly is satisfied that the body—
(a)meets all of the conditions set out in Schedule 1,
(b)is providing a scheme for the review of qualifying complaints that meets all of the conditions set out in Schedule 2, or is proposing to provide such a scheme from a date not later than the effective date,
(c)has consulted interested parties about the provisions of that scheme, and
(d)consents to the designation.
(4)If a body is designated under subsection (1) or (2) the Secretary of State or the Assembly must, before the effective date,—
(a)give the body notice of the designation, and
(b)publish notice of the designation in such manner as he or the Assembly thinks fit.
(5)In this Part—
(a)“the effective date”, in relation to the designation of a body corporate under this section, means the date specified in the designation as the date from which the body is designated as designated operator, and
(b)any reference to the designated operator is—
(i)in relation to an institution in England, a reference to the body designated under subsection (1), and
(ii)in relation to an institution in Wales, a reference to the body designated under subsection (2).
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