(introduced by section 19(2))

1An application for consent must be made in writing to the Commission and must be accompanied by details of the applicant’s proposal. The Commission may charge a reasonable fee for considering the application.

2The applicant must supply such further information that the Commission reasonably requires.

3The Commission may either—

(a)grant the consent on such terms (if any) as it thinks fit, or

(b)refuse consent.

4If the Commission has not made a decision on the application within three months from the date on which an application is made, or (if later) the date on which the applicant supplied information requested under paragraph 2, the Commission is to be deemed to have granted consent.