Medical Practitioners Act 2007

13.

Council to prepare and submit statement of strategy.

13.— (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (5), the Council shall—

( a) prepare and adopt a statement of strategy for the term of office of the Council (or, as the case requires, the remaining term of office of the Council), and

( b) submit the statement to the Minister—

(i) within 6 months after the commencement of this section,

(ii) within 6 months after the appointment of a new Minister having charge of the Department of Health and Children if that Minister requests that a statement of strategy be submitted,

(iii) within 6 months of the beginning of the term of office of each new Council appointed under section 17 .

(2) The Council shall prepare a statement of strategy in a form and manner in accordance with any directions issued by the Minister and shall ensure that the statement specifies—

( a) the key objectives of the Council for the period to which the statement relates and the strategies for achieving those objectives,

( b) the manner in which the Council proposes to measure its achievement of those objectives, and

( c) the uses for which the Council proposes to apply its resources.

(3) The Council shall, in preparing the statement of strategy, have regard to the policies of the Government or a Minister of the Government to the extent that those policies may affect or relate to the functions of the Council.

(4) The Minister may direct the Council to amend a statement of strategy submitted to the Minister if, in the Minister’s opinion, the statement—

( a) does not contain any information required under subsection (2),

( b) does not comply in any other respect with subsection (2), or

( c) has been prepared without regard to the policies referred to in subsection (3).

(5) The Council shall comply with a direction given to it under subsection (4) within the period, if any, specified in the direction, being a period reasonable in the circumstances.

(6) The Council may amend an adopted statement of strategy and, in any such case—

( a) subsections (2) to (5) shall, with all necessary modifications, apply to the preparation of the amended statement as they apply to a statement of strategy prepared under subsection (1), and

( b) the Council shall adopt the amended statement and submit it to the Minister within 3 weeks of the date on which the Council adopted the amended statement.

(7) Nothing in a statement of strategy is to be construed to prevent the Council from, or to limit the Council in, performing its functions.