Period of suspension
41.—(1) Where the Welsh Ministers exercise their power to suspend the registration of any person in accordance with these Regulations, the suspension begins and ends on such dates as are specified in the notification of suspension given to the registered person in accordance with regulations 42 and 43.
(2) The date specified as the date on which the suspension ends must not be more than 6 weeks after the date on which it begins.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4), the exercise by the Welsh Ministers of their power to suspend a person’s registration does not prevent them from further exercising that power, at any time, whether during an existing period of suspension or after it has ended, on the same or different grounds.
(4) The Welsh Ministers may not exercise their power to suspend a person’s registration so as to give rise to a period of suspension on the same or substantially the same grounds that exceeds 12 weeks in aggregate within any period of 12 months unless—
(a)it has not been reasonably practicable (for reasons beyond the control of the Welsh Ministers) to complete the investigation or carry out the steps under sub-paragraphs (2)(a) or (2)(b) respectively of regulation 40; or
(b)the Welsh Ministers have issued proceedings against the registered person under section 34 of the Measure (protection of children in an emergency: cancellation of registration) but the application has not yet been determined by the court.