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(1)In this Act—
“act” and “action” include a failure to act (and related expressions must be construed accordingly);
“annual report” has the meaning given in paragraph 14 of Schedule 1;
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“the Assembly” means the National Assembly for Wales;
“co-opted member”, in relation to an authority, means a person who is not a member of the authority but who—
is a member of a committee or sub-committee of the authority, or
is a member of, and represents the authority on, a joint committee on which the authority is represented or a sub-committee of such a committee,
and who is entitled to vote on any question which falls to be decided at a meeting of the committee or sub-committee;
“extraordinary report” has the meaning given in paragraph 14 of Schedule 1;
“family health service provider in Wales” means—
a person who, at the time of action which is the subject of a complaint under this Act, provided services under a contract entered into by that person with a Local Health Board under [F2section 42 or section 57 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006];
a person who, at that time, had undertaken to provide in Wales general ophthalmic services or pharmaceutical services under F3. . . that Act;
an individual who, at that time, provided in Wales [F4primary medical services or primary dental services] in accordance with arrangements made under [F5section 50 or 64] of that Act (except as an employee of, or otherwise on behalf of, a Welsh health service body or an independent provider in Wales);
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“family health services” means services mentioned in any of paragraphs (a) to (d) of the definition of “family health service provider in Wales”;
“financial year” means the 12 months ending on 31 March;
“independent provider in Wales” means a person who, at the time of action which is the subject of a complaint under this Act—
provided services of any kind in Wales under arrangements with a Welsh health service body or a family health service provider in Wales, and
was not a Welsh health service body or a family health service provider in Wales;
in relation to the Ombudsman, means an investigation under section 2 (and cognate expressions must be construed accordingly);
in relation to another ombudsman or commissioner, includes an examination (and cognate expressions must be construed accordingly;)]
“” has the meaning given in section 28;
“” means a county council, county borough council or community council in Wales;
“Local Commissioner” has the meaning given in section 23(3) of the Local Government Act 1974 (c. 7);
“NHS trust” has the same meaning as in [F8the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006];
“the Ombudsman” has the meaning given in section 1;
“the person aggrieved” has the meaning given in section 4(1)(a);
“publicly-funded dwelling” means—
a dwelling which was provided by means of a grant under—
section 18 of the Housing Act 1996 (c. 52) (social housing grant), or
section 50 of the Housing Act 1988 (c. 50), section 41 of the Housing Associations Act 1985 (c. 69), or section 29 or 29A of the Housing Act 1974 (c. 44) (housing association grant);
a dwelling which was acquired on a disposal by a public sector landlord (within the meaning of Part 1 of the Housing Act 1996);
“relevant tribunal” means a tribunal (including a tribunal consisting of only one person) specified by order made by the [F9Welsh Ministers];
a body which was at the time of action which is the subject of a complaint under this Act registered as a social landlord in the register maintained by the [F10Welsh Ministers] under section 1 of the Housing Act 1996 (or in the register previously maintained under that section by [F11the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998,] the Secretary of State or Housing for Wales);
any other body which at the time of action which is the subject of a complaint under this Act was registered with Housing for Wales, the Secretary of State [F12, the Assembly constituted by the Government of Wales Act 1998 or the Welsh Ministers] and owned or managed publicly-funded dwellings;
“special report” has the meaning given in section 22;
“Wales” has the meaning given in section 155(1) of the Government of Wales Act 1998 (c. 38);
“Welsh health service body” means—
the [F13Welsh Ministers];
a Local Health Board;
an NHS trust managing a hospital or other establishment or facility in Wales;
a Special Health Authority not discharging functions only or mainly in England.
(2)For the purposes of the definition of “independent provider in Wales”, arrangements with the [F14Welsh Ministers] are arrangements with a Welsh health service body only to the extent that they are made in the discharge of a function of the [F14Welsh Ministers] relating to the National Health Service.
[F15(2A)A statutory instrument containing an order under subsection (1) is subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of the Assembly.]
(3)The [F16Welsh Ministers] may by order amend the definitions of “family health service provider in Wales”, “independent provider in Wales” and “social landlord in Wales”.
[F19(4A)No order is to be made under subsection (3) unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Assembly.]
(5)Section 13 of the National Audit Act 1983 (c. 44) (interpretation of references to the Committee of Public Accounts) applies for the purposes of this Act as it applies for the purposes of that Act.
(6)For the purposes of this Act, references to action taken by a listed authority include action taken by—
(a)a member, co-opted member, committee or sub-committee of the authority acting in the discharge of functions of the authority;
(b)an officer or member of staff of the authority, whether acting in the discharge of his own functions or the functions of the authority;
(c)any other person acting on behalf of the authority.
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