Localism Bill (HL Bill 71)

35A Timetable for deciding request for direction under section 35

(1) This section applies if the Secretary of State receives a qualifying
request from a person (“R”).

(2) 25The Secretary of State must make a decision on the qualifying request
before the primary deadline, subject to subsection (3).

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if, before the primary deadline, the
Secretary of State asks R to provide the Secretary of State with
information for the purpose of enabling the Secretary of State to
30decide—

(a) whether to give the direction requested, and

(b) the terms in which it should be given.

(4) If R—

(a) is asked under subsection (3) to provide information, and

(b) 35provides the information sought within the period of 14 days
beginning with the day on which R is asked to do so,

the Secretary of State must make a decision on the qualifying request
before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day the
Secretary of State receives the information.

(5) 40In this section—

  • “the primary deadline” means the end of the period of 28 days
    beginning with the day on which the Secretary of State receives
    the qualifying request;

  • “qualifying request” has the meaning given by section 35(10).