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The Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions and Directions) (Wales) Regulations 2001

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Publicity for invalid petitions and those petitions in relation to which the authority will not act

14.—(1) Where the proper officer is satisfied that a petition is not a valid petition, the proper officer shall, within the notice period, notify the National Assembly for Wales and the petition organiser (if any) of his determination and of the reasons for that determination.

(2) Where the authority has made a determination under regulation 8(8) the proper officer shall, within the notice period, notify the National Assembly for Wales and the petition organiser of the authority’s determination and the reasons for that determination.

(3) In a case to which paragraph (1) applies, the authority shall publish in at least one newspaper circulating in its area a notice which contains a statement—

(a)that a petition has been received which has been determined to be an invalid petition;

(b)of the reasons for that determination;

(c)of the constitutional change sought or, as the case may be, treated as sought, by the petition;

(d)of the petition date;

(e)that the petition is available at the authority’s principal office for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable times and free of charge; and

(f)of the address of the authority’s principal office.

(4) Where a petition is invalid only because it does not comply with regulation 9(1)(a), the notification under paragraph (1) and the statement to be published by the authority under paragraph (3) shall also include a statement that the invalid petition may be amalgamated with any subsequent petitions which are submitted to the authority.

(5) In a case to which paragraph (2) applies, the authority shall publish in at least one newspaper circulating in its area a notice which contains a statement—

(a)that a valid petition has been received;

(b)that the authority will not take any action in relation to that petition on account of it having made a determination under regulation 8(8) of these Regulations;

(c)of the reasons for that determination;

(d)of the constitutional change sought by the petition;

(e)of the petition date;

(f)that the petition is available at the authority’s principal office for inspection by members of the public at all reasonable times and free of charge; and

(g)of the address of the authority’s principal office.

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