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The Water (Fluoridation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

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6.—(1) This Article applies where a Board proposes—

(a)to make or withdraw an application; or

(b)to terminate a scheme which may be operated by virtue of Article 5 (“a preserved scheme”).

(2) At least three months before implementing its proposal, the Board shall—

(a)publish details of the proposal in one or more newspapers circulating within the area affected by the proposal; and

(b)give notice of the proposal to every district council the district of which falls wholly or partly within the area affected by the proposal.

(3) Before implementing the proposal the Board shall consult each of the district councils to which it is required by paragraph (2)(b) to give notice of the proposal.

(4) The Board shall, not earlier than seven days after publishing details of the proposal in the manner required by paragraph (2)(a), republish them in that manner.

(5) Where a Board has complied with this Article in relation to the proposal it shall, in determining whether or not to proceed, have such regard as it considers appropriate—

(a)to any representations which have been made to it with respect to the proposal; and

(b)to any consultations held under paragraph (3).

(6) The Department of Health and Social Services may direct that this Article shall not apply in relation to any proposal of a Board to withdraw an application or to terminate a preserved scheme.

(7) Where, at any meeting of a Board, consideration is given to the question whether the Board should make or withdraw an application or terminate a preserved scheme, the Board shall not exclude the public from the meeting during the course of any proceedings on that question.

(8) Nothing in paragraph (7) shall preclude the Chairman of a meeting from dealing with an interruption or disturbance of the meeting.

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