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21Procedure for Commission's reviews

(1)In determining the order in which reviews are to be carried out of special review areas, the Commission shall comply with any directions of the Minister.

(2)As respects the review by the Commission of the organisation of local government outside special review areas.—

(a)the Minister may direct the Commission to hold separate reviews for such areas as may be specified in the direction;

(b)subject to any such direction the Commission may hold such reviews separately for such areas as they may determine;

(c)in holding separate reviews the Commission shall comply with any directions of the Minister as to the order in which the reviews are to be held.

(3)In holding a review of any area, the Commission shall investigate the circumstances of local government in the area and consult with all local authorities in the area and with all such other public authorities and bodies of persons as appear to the Commission to be concerned, and shall then either—

(a)prepare draft proposals and furnish copies thereof to those authorities and bodies, or

(b)if the Commission have not formed the opinion that there are changes which are desirable in the interests of effective and convenient local government, shall notify the said authorities and bodies that they have no draft proposals to put forward, and in either case shall specify a time within which any representations with respect to the draft proposals or, as the case may be, as to the desirability of proposals being put forward by the Commission, may be made.

(4)The Commission shall consider any representations made within the time specified under the foregoing subsection and confer with representatives of such of the authorities and bodies mentioned in that subsection as desire to be represented, and shall then formulate their proposals, if any.

(5)The following provisions shall have effect for informing the public of the holding of reviews and the action taken by the Commission under subsection (3) of this section:—

(a)before entering on their review of any area, the Commission shall give public notice, in such manner as appears to them sufficient for informing persons likely to be concerned, that they are proceeding to hold the review;

(b)on furnishing to local authorities copies of their draft proposals on any review, the Commission shall give public notice as aforesaid that the copies have been furnished, stating that a copy of the draft proposals is available for public inspection at the offices of each of the local authorities in the area to which the review relates during such time (being the time within which under subsection (3) of this section representations with respect to the draft proposals may be made) as may be specified in the notice, and it shall be the duty of each local authority to whom copies of the draft proposals have been furnished to keep a copy thereof available for public inspection at their offices during that time;

(c)if the Commission notify local authorities that they have no draft proposals to put forward, the Commission shall give public notice thereof.

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