Section 18: Consultation by Welsh Ministers
57.This section requires the Welsh Ministers when proposing to make an order under section 13 or 14 to consult the persons described. Subsection (2) places a duty on the Welsh Ministers to carry out any appropriate further consultation if, following a consultation conducted under subsection (1), they consider it appropriate to change all or part of the proposal. Subsection (3) provides that consultation carried out before the commencement of the section may be considered to meet the requirements of the section. Subsection (4) allows for the requirement to consult a body or person exercising public functions affected by proposals under subsection (1)(a) not to apply to a body with no members or an office which is vacant.