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Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Act 2006

Section 16: Working jointly with the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales

42.This section makes provision for the Commissioner to work jointly with the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales (the "PSOW") where there is an overlap in their investigatory functions.  Subsection (1) provides for the power to work jointly to apply in circumstances where the Commissioner is entitled to examine a particular case of an older person in Wales that could also be the subject of an investigation by the PSOW.  Where this circumstance occurs, subsection (2) requires the Commissioner to inform and consult with the PSOW about the case, where he considers it appropriate.  Once the Commissioner has consulted the PSOW about a case, subsection (3) provides that both the Commissioner and the PSOW are given the power to co-operate with each other in relation to the case.  This may involve conducting a joint examination and preparing and publishing a joint report on their findings.

43.Subsections (4) and (5) provide the Assembly with an order-making power to apply the joint working provisions in this section to other commissioners and ombudsmen with whom, in the future, there may be an overlap in functions.  The Assembly must consult with the Commissioner (and any other appropriate persons, which it is anticipated would include the other commissioner or ombudsman) before making such an order.

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