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‘(1) Subsections (2) and (3) apply for the purpose of determining whether there has been compliance with—
(a) a requirement for consultation imposed by this Act,
(b) a requirement for consultation which applies in relation to things done under an Act amended by this Act, or
(c) a requirement (whether or not imposed by this Act) to do something in connection with a consultation under a requirement within paragraph (a) or (b).
(2) The fact that a provision of this Act was not in force when consultation took place or anything was done in connection with a consultation is to be disregarded in determining whether there has been compliance with the requirement.
(3) The fact that consultation was carried out by a body from whom functions are transferred by this Act, or anything was done by such a body in connection with a consultation, is to be disregarded in determining whether there has been compliance with the requirement by a body to whom those functions are transferred.
(4) Subsection (3) is without prejudice to any other provision of this Act that applies to the transfer.
(5) References in this section to a requirement imposed by this Act include a requirement imposed by another Act as a result of its amendment by this Act.’.—(Greg Clark.)
Brought up, and added to the Bill.