23 Ombudsman may require publication of summary of report

(1)

Where an Ombudsman has prepared a report under subsection (3) of section 22 relating to any organisation named or specified in Part 3 of Schedule 1, he may prepare and send to the chief executive of that organisation a written summary of the contents of his report and require that chief executive to make copies of that summary available during ordinary business hours for inspection by members of the public without charge. Any member of the public may make a copy of the whole or any part of the summary.

(2)

Before forwarding any such written summary to the appropriate chief executive under subsection (1), the Ombudsman shall send a copy of it in draft form to the organisation to which it relates for perusal, and shall, as far as practicable, incorporate in the summary any comments made to him by the organisation.

(3)

Within 1 week after the report is received by the organisation, the chief executive of that organisation shall, at the expense of the organisation, give public notice in such form and in such newspapers as the Ombudsman shall require of the availability of the report for inspection and of the places where it may be inspected.

(4)

Every such report shall be made available for a period of 4 weeks from the date of the first publication of the public notice.

Section 23(1): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

Section 23(2): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).

Section 23(3): amended, on 1 July 2003, by section 262 of the Local Government Act 2002 (2002 No 84).