(a) * places are * available for allocation for a financial year; and
(b) those places have been distributed, or taken to have been distributed, to a * region under section 12-4;
the Secretary may, during or before that financial year, invite applications for allocations of those places.
(2) The invitation may relate to more than one type of * subsidy, and to * places in respect of more than one * region.
(3) The invitation must specify the following:
(a) all of the * regions in respect of which allocations will be considered;
(b) the types of * subsidy in respect of which allocations will be considered;
(c) the number of * places * available for allocation in respect of each type of subsidy;
(d) the closing date after which applications will not be accepted;
(e) the proportion of care (if any), in respect of the places available for allocation, that must be provided to people of kinds specified in the Allocation Principles.
(4) The invitation must be:
(a) published in such newspapers; or
(b) published or notified by such other means;
as the Secretary thinks appropriate.