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The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Benchmarks) Regulations 2018

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15.—(1) Before the FCA issues a statement under regulation 14 (statements of policy), the FCA must publish a draft of the proposed statement in a way appearing to the FCA to be best calculated to bring it to the attention of the public.

(2) The draft must be accompanied by a notice that representations about the proposed statement may be made to the FCA within a specified time.

(3) Before issuing the proposed statement the FCA must have regard to any representations made to it in accordance with paragraph (2).

(4) If the FCA issues the proposed statement it must publish an account, in general terms, of—

(a)the representations made to it in accordance with paragraph (2); and

(b)its response to them.

(5) If the statement differs from the draft published under paragraph (1) in a way which is, in the opinion of the FCA, significant, the FCA must (in addition to complying with paragraph (4)) publish details of the difference.

(6) The FCA may charge a reasonable fee for providing a person with a copy of a draft published by it under paragraph (1).

(7) This regulation also applies to a proposed statement made by way of an alteration to or a replacement of a previous statement.

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