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Article 11.

SCHEDULE 1N.I.ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS RELATING TO TRADE UNIONS AND EMPLOYERS' ASSOCIATIONS

PART IN.I.ANNUAL RETURNS, AND QUALIFICATIONS, APPOINTMENT AND REMOVAL, AND FUNCTIONS, OF AUDITORS

Annual returnsN.I.

1.  (1)  Subject to paragraph 5, the annual return of a trade union or an employers' association required by Article 11(2) shall be sent to the Certification Officer before 1st June and shall relate to the last preceding calendar year.N.I.

(2) The annual return shall be in such form and be signed by such persons as the Certification Officer may require.

2.  Every annual return shall contain—N.I.

(a)revenue accounts indicating the income and expenditure of the trade union or employers' association for the period to which the return relates;

(b)a balance sheet as at the end of that period;

(c)such other accounts (if any) as the Certification Officer may require; and

(d)a copy of the rules of the trade union or employers' association as in force at the end of that period;

and shall have attached to it a note of all changes in the officers of the union or association and of any change in the address of the head or main office of the union or association during the period to which the return relates.

3.  Every revenue account, every balance sheet and every other account contained in a return in accordance with paragraph 2 shall give a true and fair view of the matters to which it relates.N.I.

4.  Every return, in addition to containing the accounts mentioned in paragraph 2 shall contain a copy of the report made by the auditor or auditors of the trade union or employers' association on those accounts under paragraph 18 and such other documents relating to those accounts and such further particulars as the Certification Officer may require, subject in the case of the accounts contained in the return to such modifications (if any) as may be necessary to secure compliance with paragraph 3.N.I.

[F14A.  (1)  Every annual return of a trade union shall contain—N.I.

(a)details of the salary paid to and other benefits provided to or in respect of—

(i)each member of the executive,

(ii)the president, and

(iii)the general secretary,

by the trade union during the period to which the return relates; and

(b)in the case of a trade union required to maintain a register by Article 3 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1995, a statement of the number of names on the register as at the end of the period to which the return relates and the number of those names which were not accompanied by an address which is a member's address for the purposes of that Article.

(2) For the purposes of this paragraph “member of the executive” includes any person who, under the rules or practice of the union, may attend and speak at some or all of the meetings of the executive, otherwise than for the purpose of providing the committee with factual information or with technical or professional advice with respect to matters taken into account by the executive in carrying out its functions.]

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5.  The Certification Officer, if in any particular case he considers it appropriate to do so,—N.I.

(a)may direct that the period for which a return is to be sent to him under Article 11(2) shall be a period other than the calendar year last preceding the date on which the return is sent;

(b)whether a direction under sub-paragraph (a) is given or not, may direct that the date before which any such return is to be sent to him shall be such date (whether before or after 1st June) as may be specified in the direction.

Qualifications of auditorsN.I.

[F26.  Subject to paragraph 9, a person shall not be qualified to be the auditor or one of the auditors of a trade union or employers' association unless he is eligible for appointment as a [F3statutory auditor under Part 42 of the Companies Act 2006].]N.I.

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F2SR 1993/67

9.  (1)  Two or more persons who are not qualified under paragraph 6 may act as auditors of a trade union or employers' association in respect of any accounting period of that union or association if—N.I.

(a)its receipts and payments in respect of its last preceding accounting period did not in the aggregate exceed £5,000;

(b)the number of its members at the end of its last preceding accounting period did not exceed 500; and

(c)the value of its assets at the end of its last preceding accounting period did not in the aggregate exceed £5,000.

(2) Where by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) persons who are not qualified under paragraph 6 act as auditors in respect of any accounting period of a trade union or employers' association, the Certification Officer may at any time (whether during that period or after it comes to an end) direct the trade union or employers' association to appoint a person who is so qualified to audit its accounts for that period.

(3) Regulations may—

(a)substitute for any sum or number for the time being specified in sub-paragraph (1) such sum or number as may be specified in the regulations; and

(b)prescribe what receipts and payments shall be taken into account for the purposes of that sub-paragraph.

10.  (1)  None of the following persons shall act as auditor of a trade union or employers' association, that is to say—N.I.

(a)an officer or employee of the trade union or employers' association or of any of its branches or sections;

(b)a person who is a partner of, or in the employment of, or who employs, such an officer or employee;

Head (c) rep. by SR 1993/67

Para. (2) rep. by 1995 NI 12

Appointment and removal of auditorsN.I.

11.  The rules of every trade union and every employers' association shall contain provision for the appointment and removal of auditors.N.I.

12.  Notwithstanding anything in the rules of a trade union or employers' association, its auditor or auditors shall not be removed from office except by resolution passed at a general meeting of its members, or of delegates of its members.N.I.

13.  (1)  Notwithstanding anything in the rules of a trade union or employers' association, a qualified auditor appointed to audit its accounts for the preceding year of account shall (subject to sub-paragraph (2)) be re-appointed as auditor for the current year of account unless—N.I.

(a)a resolution has been passed at a general meeting of the trade union or employers' association appointing somebody instead of him or providing expressly that he shall not be re-appointed; or

(b)he has given to the trade union or employers' association notice in writing of his unwillingness to be re-appointed; or

(c)he is ineligible for appointment as its auditor or one of its auditors for the current year of account; or

(d)he has ceased to act as its auditor or one of its auditors by reason of incapacity.

(2) Where notice is given of an intended resolution to appoint some person or persons in place of a retiring auditor and the resolution cannot be proceeded with at the meeting because of the death or incapacity of that person or persons, or because he or they are ineligible for appointment as auditor or auditors for the current year of account, the retiring auditor shall not be automatically re-appointed by virtue of this paragraph.

(3) For the purposes of this paragraph a person is ineligible for appointment as auditor of a trade union or employers' association for the current year of account if, but only if,—

(a)he would be precluded by paragraph 10 from acting as its auditor for that year; or

(b)he is not a qualified auditor at the time when the question of his appointment falls to be considered.

(4) In this paragraph “qualified auditor”, in relation to a trade union or employers' association, means a person qualified to be its auditor or one of its auditors in accordance with paragraphs[F4 6 and 9], “the current year of account”, in relation to the appointment of a person as auditor, means the year of account in which the question of that appointment arises, and “the preceding year of account” means the year of account immediately preceding the current year of account.

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14.  Regulations may make provision as to the procedure to be followed when it is intended to move a resolution—N.I.

(a)appointing another auditor or other auditors in place of a retiring auditor or retiring auditors of a trade union or an employers' association; or

(b)providing expressly that a retiring auditor or auditors of a trade union or an employers' association shall not be re-appointed;

and as to the rights of auditors and members of a trade union or an employers' association in relation to such a motion.

15.  (1)  Where any regulations made under paragraph 14 require copies of any representations made by a retiring auditor to be sent out, or require any such representations to be read out at a meeting, the High Court, on the application of the trade union or employers' association or of any other person, may dispense with that requirement if satisfied that the rights conferred on the retiring auditor by the regulations are being abused to secure needless publicity for defamatory matter.N.I.

(2) On any such application the High Court may order the costs or expenses of the trade union or employers' association to be paid, in whole or in part, by the retiring auditor, whether he is a party to the application or not.

Auditor's right of access to books and information and right to be heard at meetingsN.I.

16.  Every auditor of a trade union or an employers' association—N.I.

(a)shall have a right of access at all times to its accounting records and to all other documents relating to its affairs; and

(b)shall be entitled to require from its officers, or the officers of any of its branches or sections, such information and explanations as he thinks necessary for the performance of his duties as auditor.

17.  [F5(1)]  Every auditor of a trade union or an employers' association shall be entitled—N.I.

(a)to attend any general meetings of its members, or of delegates of its members, and to receive all notices of and other communications relating to any general meeting which any such member or delegate is entitled to receive; and

(b)to be heard at any meeting which he attends on any part of the business of the meeting which concerns him as auditor.

[F5(2) In the case of an auditor which is a body corporate or partnership, its right to attend or be heard at a meeting is exercisable by an individual authorised by it to act as its representative at the meeting.]

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Auditor's reportsN.I.

18.  The auditor or auditors of a trade union or an employers' association shall make a report to it on the accounts of the trade union or employers' association audited by him or them and contained in its annual return.N.I.

[F618A.  (1)  The report shall state the names of, and be signed by, the auditor or auditors.N.I.

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19.  The report shall state whether, in the opinion of the auditor or auditors, those accounts give a true and fair view of the matters to which they relate.N.I.

20.  It shall be the duty of the auditor or auditors, in preparing a report under paragraph 18, to carry out such investigations as will enable him or them to form an opinion as to the following matters, that is to say—N.I.

(a)whether the trade union or employers' association has kept proper accounting records in accordance with the requirements of Article 10;

(b)whether it has maintained a satisfactory system of control over its transactions in accordance with the requirements of that Article; and

(c)whether the accounts to which the report refers are in agreement with the accounting records;

and if in the opinion of the auditor or auditors the trade union or employers' association has failed to comply with Article 10(2)(a) or (b) or if the accounts to which the report relates are not in agreement with the accounting records, the auditor or auditors shall state that fact in the report.

21.  If an auditor fails to obtain all the information and explanations which, to the best of his knowledge and belief, are necessary for the purposes of an audit, he shall state that fact in his report.N.I.

22.  In this Part “accounting period”, in relation to a trade union or an employers' association, means any period in relation to which it is required under Article 11(2) to send a return to the Certification Officer.N.I.

PART IIN.I.MEMBERS' SUPERANNUATION SCHEMES

Examination of superannuation schemesN.I.

23.  Subject to paragraphs 29 to 31, every trade union and every employers' association which at the appointed day is maintaining a members' superannuation scheme shall arrange for the scheme, as it has effect at a date not later than two years from the appointed day to be examined by an appropriately qualified actuary, and for the actuary to make a report to the trade union or employers' association on the results of his examination of the scheme.N.I.

24.  Where a members' superannuation scheme to which paragraph 23 applies includes provision for the maintenance of a separate fund for the purpose of the scheme, the examination under that paragraph shall include a valuation (as at the date by reference to which the examination is carried out) of the assets comprised in that fund and of the liabilities falling to be discharged out of it.N.I.

25.  The report made by the actuary on the results of this examination of any such scheme—N.I.

(a)shall state whether in his opinion the premium or contribution rates are adequate and whether the accounting or funding arrangements are suitable; and

(b)if the scheme provides for the maintenance of a separate fund for the purposes of the scheme, shall state whether in his opinion the fund is adequate.

26.  A copy of any report made by an actuary under paragraph 23 signed by the actuary, shall be sent to the Certification Officer and it shall be the duty of the trade union or employers' association to make such arrangements under that paragraph as will enable the report to be sent to the Certification Officer before the end of the period of one year from the date by reference to which the actuarial examination was carried out.N.I.

27.  Subject to paragraphs 30 and 31, no trade union or employers' association shall after the appointed day begin to maintain a members' superannuation scheme unless, before the date on which the scheme begins to be maintained,—N.I.

(a)the proposals for the scheme have been examined by an appropriately qualified actuary; and

(b)a copy of a report made to the trade union or employers' association by the actuary on the results of his examination of the proposals, signed by the actuary, has been sent to the Certification Officer;

and the provisions of paragraph 25 shall have effect in relation to a report under this paragraph on the proposals for a scheme as they have effect in relation to a report on a scheme under paragraph 23.

28.  A copy of any report made to a trade union or employers' association under paragraph 23 or paragraph 27 shall, on the application of any of its members, be supplied to him free of charge.N.I.

29.  Where on the application of a trade union or employers' association the Certification Officer is satisfied—N.I.

(a)that a members' superannuation scheme maintained by it, as it had effect at a date not more than two years before the appointed day, has been examined by an actuary;

(b)that the qualifications of the actuary were adequate for the purpose of carrying out the examination; and

(c)that the examination, and the report made by the actuary on its results, fulfil the requirements of paragraphs 24 and 25,

the Certification Officer may direct that paragraph 23 shall have effect, in relation to that scheme, as if for the reference to two years from the appointed day there were substituted a reference to five years from the date by reference to which that examination was carried out.

30.  The Certification Officer, on the application of a trade union or employers' association, may exempt any members' superannuation scheme which it maintains or proposes to maintain from the requirements of paragraph 23 or (as the case may be) paragraph 27, if he is satisfied that, by reason of the small number of members to which the scheme is or would be applicable or for any other special reasons, it is unnecessary for the scheme to be examined in accordance with those requirements.N.I.

31.  The Certification Officer may at any time revoke any exemption granted under paragraph 30 if it appears to him that the circumstances by reason of which the exemption was granted have ceased to exist.N.I.

Periodical re-examination of schemesN.I.

32.  (1)  Subject to paragraph 34, where a trade union or employers' association for the time being maintains a members' superannuation scheme, and either—N.I.

(a)the scheme has been examined in pursuance of paragraph 23 or in pursuance of this paragraph; or

(b)the scheme itself has not been so examined but the proposals for the scheme have been examined in pursuance of paragraph 27,

the trade union or employers' association in question shall arrange for that scheme, as it has effect at each successive relevant date, to be examined by an appropriately qualified actuary, and for a report to be made to it by the actuary on the result of his examination of the scheme.

(2) Subject to the next following sub-paragraph, in this paragraph “relevant date”, in relation to a members' superannuation scheme, means such date as the trade union or employers' association in question may determine, not being later than five years after the date by reference to which the last examination of the scheme, or (as the case may be) the examination of the proposals for the scheme, was carried out in accordance with paragraph 23 or paragraph 27 or in accordance with the preceding sub-paragraph.

(3) In the case of any trade union or employers' association the Certification Officer may direct that, in relation to any time after the making of the direction, sub-paragraph (2) shall have effect as if, for the reference to five years there was substituted a reference to such shorter period as may be specified in the direction.

33.  The provisions of paragraphs 24 to 26 and paragraph 28 shall have effect in relation to the examination of a scheme under paragraph 32 as they have effect in relation to the examination of a scheme under paragraph 23.N.I.

34.  The Certification Officer, on the application of a trade union or employers' association, may exempt any members' superannuation scheme which it maintains from the requirements of paragraph 32 if he is satisfied that, by reason of the small number of members to which the scheme is applicable or for any other special reasons, it is unnecessary for the scheme to be examined in accordance with those requirements.N.I.

35.  The Certification Officer may at any time revoke any exemption granted under paragraph 34 if it appears to him that the circumstances by reason of which the exemption was granted have ceased to exist; and for the purposes of paragraph 32 the relevant date next following the revocation shall be such date as the Certification Officer may direct.N.I.

Separate fund for members' superannuation schemeN.I.

36.  After the appointed day no trade union or employers' association shall maintain a members' superannuation scheme which was not established before the appointed day unless it maintains a separate fund for the payments of benefits in accordance with the scheme.N.I.

37.  After the end of the period of five years beginning with the date on which paragraph 36 comes into operation no trade union or employers' association shall maintain a members' superannuation scheme (whenever established) unless it maintains a separate fund for the payment of benefits in accordance with the scheme.N.I.

Interpretation of Part IIN.I.

38.  In this Part—N.I.

(a)“members' superannuation scheme” means any scheme or arrangement made by or on behalf of a trade union or employers' association (including any scheme or arrangement shown in the rules of a trade union or employers' association) in so far as it provides for benefits to be paid by way of pension (including any widows' or children's pensions or dependants' pensions) to or in respect of members or former members of the trade union or employers' association and to be so paid either out of the funds (whether the general funds or any other fund) of the trade union or employers' association or under any insurance scheme maintained out of those funds;

(b)“appropriately qualified actuary”, in relation to a trade union or employers' association, means a person who is either a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries or a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries or is approved by the Certification Officer on the application of the trade union or employers' association as a person having actuarial knowledge; and

(c)“separate fund” means a fund separate from the general funds of the trade union or employers' association.

N.I.

Schedules 2–3 rep. by 1995 NI 12

Article 82(2).

SCHEDULE 4N.I.THE LABOUR RELATIONS AGENCY

PART IN.I.THE CONSTITUTION OF THE AGENCY

1.  The Agency shall be a body corporate to which section 19 of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954F7 shall apply.N.I.

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[F82.  (1)  The Agency shall consist of the following persons appointed by the Minister—N.I.

(a)a chairman; and

(b)9 other members of whom—

(i)3 shall be persons appearing to the Minister to be representative of employers;

(ii)3 shall be persons appearing to the Minister to be representative of employees; and

(iii)3 shall be such other persons as appear to the Minister to be appropriate.

(2) The Minister shall consult—

(a)such organisations representative of employers as appear to the Minister to be appropriate about the arrangements for making an appointment under sub-paragraph (1)(b)(i);

(b)such organisations representative of employees as appear to the Minister to be appropriate about the arrangements for making an appointment under sub-paragraph (1)(b)(ii).]

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3.  (1)  A member of the Agency shall hold and vacate his office in accordance with the terms of his appointment and shall, on ceasing to hold his office, be eligible for re-appointment.N.I.

(2) Any member may at any time by notice in writing to the Head of the Department resign his office.

4.  The Head of the Department may, by notice in writing addressed to a member, terminate his appointment as a member of the Agency if of the opinion that he is unfit to continue in office or incapable of performing his duties as a member.N.I.

5.  The proceedings of the Agency shall not be invalidated by any vacancy in the membership of the Agency or by any defect in the appointment of any of its members.N.I.

6.  The Agency shall not be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown or as exempt from any tax, duty, rate, levy or other charge whatsoever, whether general or local, and its property shall not be regarded as the property of, or property held on behalf of, the Crown.N.I.

PART IIN.I.SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS AS TO THE AGENCY

MembersN.I.

7.  The Agency may pay, or make such payments towards the provision of, such remuneration, allowances (including allowances for expenses), pensions or gratuities to or in respect of the chairman and other members of the Agency, or any of them, as the Department, with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel, may determine.N.I.

8.  In Part II of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975F9 the following entry shall continue to be inserted at the appropriate place in alphabetical order—N.I.

The Labour Relations Agency. .

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Panel of advisersN.I.

9.  (1)  The Agency may appoint a panel of persons, who are not members of the Agency, from whom it may from time to time select persons to assist it in the discharge of its functions.N.I.

(2) The number of persons which the Agency may appoint under this paragraph shall be determined by the Agency with the approval of the Department and the Department of Finance and Personnel.

(3) The Agency may pay to persons appointed under this paragraph such fees and such allowances for expenses as the Agency, with the approval of the Department and the Department of Finance and Personnel, may determine.

The sealN.I.

10.  The fixing of the common seal of the Agency shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairman of the Agency or some other member thereof authorised either generally or specially by the Agency to act for that purpose.N.I.

Execution of contracts and instruments not under sealN.I.

11.  Any contract or instrument which, if entered into or executed by an individual, would not require to be[F10 executed as a deed] may be entered into or executed on behalf of the Agency by any person generally or specially authorised by the Agency to act for that purpose and any document purporting to be such a contract or instrument shall be deemed to be such a contract or instrument until the contrary is proved.N.I.

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StaffN.I.

12.  The number of persons employed by the Agency and the terms and conditions of employment of such persons shall be determined by the Agency, with the approval of the Department and the Department of Finance and Personnel.N.I.

13.  The Agency may, in the case of such persons employed by it as may be determined by the Agency with the approval of the Department and the Department of Finance and Personnel, pay to or in respect of them such pensions or gratuities, or provide and maintain for them such pension schemes (whether contributory or not) or contributory or other pension arrangements as may be so determined.N.I.

Financial provisionN.I.

14.  For the purpose of enabling the Agency to carry out its functions, the Department shall pay to the Agency such sums as the Department may, with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel, determine.N.I.

Accounts and auditN.I.

[F1115.  (1)  The Agency shall—N.I.

(a)keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts; and

(b)prepare a statement of accounts in respect of each financial year.

(2) The statement of accounts shall—

(a)be in such form; and

(b)contain such information,

as the Department may, with the approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel, direct.

(3) The Agency shall, within such period after the end of each financial year as the Department may direct, send copies of the statement of accounts relating to that year to—

(a)the Department; and

(b)the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland.

(4) The Comptroller and Auditor General shall—

(a)examine, certify and report on every statement of accounts sent to him by the Agency under this paragraph; and

(b)send a copy of his report to the Department.

(5) The Department shall lay a copy of the statement of accounts and of the Comptroller and Auditor General's report before the Assembly.]

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ReportsN.I.

16.  (1)  The Agency shall, as soon as possible within a period of three months after the end of each financial year, make to the Head of the Department a report, in such form and containing such information as the Department may direct, on the performance of its functions during that financial year.N.I.

(2) The Head of the Department shall lay before the Assembly a copy of each report made to him under this paragraphF12. . . .

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Schedules 5–6 rep. by 1996 NI 16

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