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(1) 20This section applies if—

(a) a principal local authority receives a petition that complies with section
43, or

(b) a principal local authority receives a request that complies with section
45.

(2) 25The principal local authority must determine whether it is appropriate to hold
a local referendum in response to the petition or request.

(3) But subsection (2) does not apply to a petition or request if—

(a) it is received by a district council whose area is part of the area of a
county council, and

(b) 30the district council thinks the question stated in the petition or request
relates (in whole or in part) to the functions of a partner authority of the
county council other than the district council.

(4) In such a case—

(a) the district council must refer the petition or request to the county
35council,

(b) the county council must consider a petition so referred as if it had
received it from the petitioners,

(c) the county council must consider a request so referred as if it had been
made to the county council in accordance with section 45, and

(d) 40any provision of this Chapter which requires a period to be calculated
by reference to the date of receipt of the petition or request has effect as
if it referred to the date on which the petition or request is received by
the county council.

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