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3(1)If the Scottish Ministers instruct it to do so, the Big Lottery Fund shall—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)prepare and adopt a strategic plan for Scotland,
(b)review and modify any such plan that it has adopted, or
(c)replace any such plan that it has adopted by preparing and adopting another.
(2)In this paragraph “strategic plan for Scotland” means a statement containing the Fund's policies for the distribution of dormant account money for meeting Scottish expenditure.
(3)A strategic plan for Scotland must include—
(a)a statement of any directions under section 22 given to the Fund by the Scottish Ministers;
(b)a statement of the Fund's assessment of the needs in Scotland that the Fund has power to deal with, in whole or in part, by distributing dormant account money;
(c)a statement of the Fund's priorities in dealing with those needs by the distribution of dormant account money.
(4)A strategic plan for Scotland must be such as to demonstrate how the Fund is complying with any directions to which sub-paragraph (3)(a) applies.
(5)Before adopting a strategic plan for Scotland, the Fund shall—
(a)consult such other bodies as it thinks fit for the purpose of identifying the needs mentioned in sub-paragraph (3)(b) and formulating the policies to be adopted for dealing with those needs;
(b)prepare a draft of the proposed plan;
(c)send a copy of the draft to the Scottish Ministers;
(d)after consultation with the Scottish Ministers, make such modifications to the draft as it considers necessary or expedient.
(6)Where the Fund adopts a strategic plan for Scotland—
(a)the Fund shall send copies of the document containing the plan to the Scottish Ministers;
(b)the Scottish Ministers shall lay a copy of the document before the Scottish Parliament.
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