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SCHEDULE 1E+WQUALIFICATIONS WALES

PART 1 E+WESTABLISHMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS WALES

StatusE+W

1Qualifications Wales is not to be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown.

Commencement Information

I1Sch. 1 para. 1 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

MembershipE+W

2Qualifications Wales is to consist of the following members—

(a)a person appointed under paragraph 10 as the chief executive of Qualifications Wales (“the chief executive”);

(b)a person appointed by the Welsh Ministers to chair Qualifications Wales (“the chair”);

(c)at least eight and no more than ten other persons appointed by the Welsh Ministers under this paragraph (“ordinary members”).

Commencement Information

I2Sch. 1 para. 2 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

The chair and ordinary membersE+W

3(1)The chair and ordinary members hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms and conditions of their appointments.E+W

(2)Subject to the provisions of this Schedule, those terms and conditions are to be determined by the Welsh Ministers.

Commencement Information

I3Sch. 1 para. 3 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

4(1)A person is disqualified from being the chair or an ordinary member if the person is—E+W

(a)a member of an awarding body recognised by Qualifications Wales or a member of its staff;

(b)a Member of the National Assembly for Wales;

(c)a Member of the House of Commons or the House of Lords.

(2)A person ceases to hold office as the chair or as an ordinary member if that person becomes disqualified.

Commencement Information

I4Sch. 1 para. 4 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

5(1)The chair is to be appointed for a term of up to three years.E+W

(2)A person may be reappointed as chair once only.

Commencement Information

I5Sch. 1 para. 5 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

6(1)Ordinary members are to be appointed for a term of up to three years.E+W

(2)A person who has held office as an ordinary member may be reappointed.

(3)The terms of any reappointment may not permit an ordinary member to hold office for a total period of more than six years (whether or not continuous).

(4)But where a person previously appointed as an ordinary member has not held office as such in an immediately preceding period of three years or more, that person's previous period or periods of office as an ordinary member are to be disregarded for the purposes of sub-paragraph (3).

Commencement Information

I6Sch. 1 para. 6 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

7The chair or an ordinary member may resign from office at any time by giving written notice to the Welsh Ministers and to Qualifications Wales.

Commencement Information

I7Sch. 1 para. 7 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

8The Welsh Ministers may remove the chair or an ordinary member from office if they are satisfied that the person is unable or unfit to carry out the functions of office, or is otherwise failing to do so.

Commencement Information

I8Sch. 1 para. 8 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

9Qualifications Wales may, with the Welsh Ministers' approval, pay or make provision for the payment of remuneration, allowances and pension to, or in respect of, a person who is or has been the chair or an ordinary member.

Commencement Information

I9Sch. 1 para. 9 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

The chief executive and other staffE+W

10(1)The first person appointed as chief executive is to be appointed by the Welsh Ministers—E+W

(a)on such terms and conditions (including conditions as to remuneration, allowances and pension) as the Welsh Ministers determine, and

(b)for a term of up to three years.

(2)Subsequent appointments (or reappointments) of a person as chief executive are to be made by Qualifications Wales.

Commencement Information

I10Sch. 1 para. 10 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

11A person may not be appointed as chief executive if the person is—

(a)a member of an awarding body recognised by Qualifications Wales or a member of its staff;

(b)a Member of the National Assembly for Wales;

(c)a Member of the House of Commons or the House of Lords.

Commencement Information

I11Sch. 1 para. 11 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

12The previous appointment of a person as chief executive does not affect the person's eligibility for reappointment.

Commencement Information

I12Sch. 1 para. 12 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

13The chief executive is a member of Qualifications Wales' staff.

Commencement Information

I13Sch. 1 para. 13 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

14Qualifications Wales may appoint other members of staff.

Commencement Information

I14Sch. 1 para. 14 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

15Except in relation to the first person appointed as chief executive under paragraph 10(1), the following are to be determined by Qualifications Wales, with the approval of the Welsh Ministers—

(a)the terms and conditions of its staff (including remuneration and allowances);

(b)the payment or provision for the payment of pension to or in respect of a member of its staff or a former member of staff.

Commencement Information

I15Sch. 1 para. 15 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

16Service as a member of Qualifications Wales' staff is not service in the civil service of the State.

Commencement Information

I16Sch. 1 para. 16 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

CommitteesE+W

17(1)Qualifications Wales may establish committees.E+W

(2)A committee established under this paragraph may—

(a)establish sub-committees;

(b)dissolve sub-committees established by it.

(3)Qualifications Wales may also dissolve sub-committees established under this paragraph.

(4)Qualifications Wales may pay remuneration and allowances to any person who—

(a)is a member of a committee or a sub-committee established under this paragraph, but

(b)is not a member of Qualifications Wales or a member of its staff.

Commencement Information

I17Sch. 1 para. 17 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

18(1)Qualifications Wales may, in connection with the exercise of its functions, establish a committee jointly with any person.E+W

(2)In this Schedule a committee established under this paragraph is referred to as a “joint committee”.

(3)A joint committee may establish sub-committees (“joint sub-committee”).

(4)Qualifications Wales may pay remuneration and allowances to any person who—

(a)is a member of a joint committee or a joint sub-committee, but

(b)is not a member of Qualifications Wales or a member of its staff.

Commencement Information

I18Sch. 1 para. 18 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

DelegationE+W

19(1)Qualifications Wales may delegate any of its functions to—E+W

(a)a member of Qualifications Wales or a member of its staff;

(b)a committee established by Qualifications Wales under paragraph 17;

(c)a joint committee.

(2)A function is delegated under this paragraph to the extent and on the terms that Qualifications Wales determines.

Commencement Information

I19Sch. 1 para. 19 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

20(1)A committee established by Qualifications Wales under paragraph 17 may delegate any of its functions to a sub-committee established by it.E+W

(2)A function is delegated under this paragraph to the extent and on the terms that the committee determines, but this is subject to any direction given by Qualifications Wales as to what a committee established by it may or may not do.

Commencement Information

I20Sch. 1 para. 20 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

21(1)A joint committee may delegate any of its functions to a sub-committee established by it.E+W

(2)A function is delegated under this paragraph to the extent and on the terms that the joint committee determines, but this is subject to any direction given by Qualifications Wales and the person with whom it established the joint committee as to what the joint committee may or may not do.

Commencement Information

I21Sch. 1 para. 21 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

ProcedureE+W

22Qualifications Wales may regulate—

(a)its own proceedings (including quorum), and

(b)the procedure (including quorum) of its committees (except joint committees).

Commencement Information

I22Sch. 1 para. 22 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

23A committee established by Qualifications Wales under paragraph 17 may regulate the procedure (including quorum) of any sub-committee established by it.

Commencement Information

I23Sch. 1 para. 23 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

24A joint committee may regulate—

(a)its own procedure (including quorum), and

(b)the procedure (including quorum) of any sub-committee established by it.

Commencement Information

I24Sch. 1 para. 24 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

25The validity of proceedings of Qualifications Wales, of a committee or sub-committee established under paragraph 17, or of a joint committee or a joint sub-committee, is not affected by—

(a)a vacancy;

(b)a defective appointment.

Commencement Information

I25Sch. 1 para. 25 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

Register of interestsE+W

26(1)Qualifications Wales must establish and maintain a system for the declaration and registration of its members' interests.E+W

(2)Qualifications Wales must publish entries recorded in the register of members' interests.

Commencement Information

I26Sch. 1 para. 26 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

Supplementary powersE+W

27(1)Qualifications Wales may do anything that it considers necessary or appropriate for the purposes of, or in connection with, its functions.E+W

(2)But Qualifications Wales may not, without the approval of the Welsh Ministers—

(a)acquire or dispose of land or any other property, for consideration of an amount in excess of the expenditure threshold;

(b)borrow or lend money.

(3)The expenditure threshold is whatever amount (if any) is specified in a notice given by the Welsh Ministers to Qualifications Wales for the purposes of this paragraph.

(4)A notice under paragraph (3)—

(a)may specify different thresholds for different kinds of land or other property, and

(b)may be varied or revoked by the Welsh Ministers.

Commencement Information

I27Sch. 1 para. 27 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

Annual and other reportsE+W

28(1)As soon as reasonably practicable after the end of each reporting period Qualifications Wales must prepare a report (“the annual report”) giving details of—E+W

(a)how Qualifications Wales has exercised its functions during the period (including by reference to its principal aims);

(b)Qualifications Wales' proposed activities and priorities for the next reporting period.

(2)The information that is to be included under sub-paragraph (1)(a) includes (among other things)—

(a)details of the conclusions of any assessment carried out by Qualifications Wales, during the reporting period, of the impact of the exercise of its functions on—

(i)the Welsh qualification system;

(ii)learners, employers and higher education institutions;

(b)details of how Qualifications Wales has involved stakeholders in the exercise of its functions during the reporting period;

(c)details of any conclusions reached, during the reporting period, as a result of any research carried out by or on behalf of Qualifications Wales under section 46(3).

(3)In sub-paragraph (2)(b) “stakeholders” means those persons whom Qualifications Wales considers have an interest in the exercise of its functions.

(4)The annual report may include any other information Qualifications Wales thinks fit.

(5)In this paragraph “reporting period” means—

(a)the period beginning with the day on which section 2(1) comes into force and ending with 31 August 2016; and

(b)subsequently, each successive period of 12 months.

Commencement Information

I28Sch. 1 para. 28 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

29Qualifications Wales must—

(a)lay a copy of the annual report before the National Assembly for Wales;

(b)publish the annual report.

Commencement Information

I29Sch. 1 para. 29 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

30Qualifications Wales may if it thinks fit prepare and publish other reports on matters relating to its functions.

Commencement Information

I30Sch. 1 para. 30 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

FinanceE+W

31(1)The Welsh Ministers may make grants to Qualifications Wales of such amounts and subject to such terms and conditions (including as to repayment) as they may determine.E+W

(2)The Welsh Ministers must publish any terms and conditions to which grants made under sub-paragraph (1) are subject.

Commencement Information

I31Sch. 1 para. 31 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

Accounts and auditE+W

32(1)Qualifications Wales must keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts.E+W

(2)Qualifications Wales must prepare a statement of accounts in respect of each financial year in accordance with directions given by the Welsh Ministers.

(3)The directions may make provision as to—

(a)the information to be contained in the statement;

(b)the manner in which the information is to be presented;

(c)the methods and principles according to which the statement is to be prepared;

(d)any additional information that is to accompany the statement.

(4)The Welsh Ministers may vary or revoke a direction they have given under this paragraph.

Commencement Information

I32Sch. 1 para. 32 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

33(1)No later than 31 August after the end of each financial year Qualifications Wales must submit its statement of accounts to the Auditor General for Wales.E+W

(2)The Auditor General must—

(a)examine, certify and report on the statement of accounts, and

(b)no later than 4 months after the statement was submitted, lay before the National Assembly for Wales a copy of the certified statement and report.

Commencement Information

I33Sch. 1 para. 33 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

34In paragraphs 32 and 33 “financial year” means—

(a)the period beginning on the day on which section 2(1) comes into force and ending on the following 31 March;

(b)subsequently, each successive period of 12 months.

Commencement Information

I34Sch. 1 para. 34 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)

Examination of use of resourcesE+W

35(1)The Auditor General for Wales may carry out examinations into the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which resources have been used in discharging Qualifications Wales' functions.E+W

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) is not to be construed as entitling the Auditor General for Wales to question the merits of the policy objectives of Qualifications Wales.

Commencement Information

I35Sch. 1 para. 35 in force at 6.8.2015 by S.I. 2015/1591, art. 2(c)