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The Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992

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Court of inquiry into trade dispute

93.—(1) Where any trade dispute exists or is apprehended, the Head of the Department may—

(a)inquire into the causes and circumstances of the dispute; and

(b)if he thinks fit, refer the matters appearing to him to be connected with or relevant to the dispute to a court of inquiry appointed under paragraph (2).

(2) For the purpose of a reference under paragraph (1)(b), the Head of the Department may appoint a court of inquiry consisting of—

(a)one person; or

(b)a chairman and such other persons as the Head of the Department thinks fit.

(3) The Department shall pay to the members of a court of inquiry such remuneration and such travelling and other allowances as may be determined by the Department with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel and may pay to any other persons such allowances as the Department may, with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel, determine for the purposes of, or in connection with, their attendance at proceedings of a court of inquiry.

(4) A court of inquiry appointed under paragraph (2)(b) may act notwithstanding any vacancy in its number.

(5) A court of inquiry shall, either in public or in private at its discretion, inquire into the matters referred to it.

(6) Subject to paragraph (9), a court of inquiry shall report to the Head of the Department on any matters referred to it and may, if it thinks fit, make interim reports.

(7) Any report of a court of inquiry made to the Head of the Department under paragraph (6) shall be laid before the Assembly.

(8) Subject to paragraph (9), the Head of the Department may publish, in such manner as he thinks fit, any information obtained or conclusions arrived at by the court of inquiry as a result of or in the course of its inquiry.

(9) There shall not be included in any report made under paragraph (6) or any publication under paragraph (8) any information obtained by the court of inquiry in the course of its inquiry as to any trade union or employers' association or as to any individual business carried on by a person, firm or business which is not available otherwise than through evidence given at the inquiry, except with the consent of the general secretary of the trade union or employers' association or of the person, firm or company in question.

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