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The Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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PART IIN.I.PROCEEDINGS OF BOARDS

9.  (1)  A board shall, at its first meeting after its appointment, elect one of its members to be chairman and on of its members to be vice-chairman who, unless the board otherwise determines, shall hold office until the next subsequent appointment of members of the board under paragraph 1(4) becomes effective.N.I.

(2) Where, at any meeting of the board, the chairman is absent, the vice-chairman, if present, shall be chairman at that meeting and where, at any such meeting, both the chairman and vice-chairman are absent, the chairman at that meeting shall be such member of the board present as the members attending the meeting shall appoint.

(3) The chairman at any meeting of the board shall, in addition to his right to vote as a member of the board, have a casting vote.

10.  (1)  The quorum of the board shall be one-third of the total number of members of the board.N.I.

(2) The proceedings of a board shall not be invalidated by any vacancy among its members or by any defect in the appointment or qualification of any of its members.

11.  The seal of the board shall be authenticated by the signatures of the chairman or other member of the board authorised by it to act in that behalf and of the[F1 chief executive] or some other officer of the board authorised as aforesaid.N.I.

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12.  (1)  The Department may make regulations regulating the procedure to be followed by a board or any committee thereof in carrying out its functions.N.I.

(2) A board shall draw up standing orders for the conduct of the business of the board or any committee thereof and such standing orders shall be subject to the approval of the Department.

13.  (1)  A board may enter into contracts necessary for the discharge of any of its functions.N.I.

Sub‐paras. (2), (3) rep. by 1993 NI 12

(4) All contracts made by a board or a committee of the board shall be made in accordance with the standing orders of the board and in the case of contracts for the supply of goods or materials[F2 to the board] or for the execution of works[F2 for the board] the standing orders, except as otherwise provided by or under the standing orders, shall—

(a)require notice of the intention of the board or committee to enter into the contract in question to be published and tenders invited; and

(b)regulate the manner in which such notice shall be published and tenders invited.

(5) Without prejudice to section 19(1)(a)(ii) of the [1954 c. 33 (N.I.)] Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954, a person entering into a contract with a board shall not be bound to inquire whether the standing orders of the board which apply to the contract have been complied with and all contracts entered into by a board, if otherwise valid, shall, notwithstanding that the standing orders applicable thereto have not been complied with, have full force and effect.

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