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The Further Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1997

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Making and amendment of instruments of government and articles of government

12.—(1) The initial instrument of government and articles of government of an institution shall be made by order of the Department after consultation with such persons or bodies as appear to it to be appropriate.

(2) The Department may—

(a)if the governing body of an institution of further education submits a draft of an instrument of government or articles of government to have effect in place of the existing instrument or articles, by order make a new instrument of government or articles of government in terms of the draft or in such terms as it thinks fit;

(b)if such a body submits draft amendments of the existing instrument of government or articles of government, by order amend the existing instrument or articles in terms of the draft or in such terms as it thinks fit.

(3) The Department shall not—

(a)make a new instrument of government or articles of government otherwise than in terms of a draft submitted under paragraph (2)(a), or

(b)amend an existing instrument of government or articles of government otherwise than in terms of a draft submitted under paragraph (2)(b),

unless it has consulted the governing body.

(4) The Department may direct all governing bodies or any particular governing body specified in the direction to submit—

(a)a draft under paragraph (2)(a) making such provision as is specified in the direction; or

(b)a draft under paragraph (2)(b) making such amendments as are so specified.

(5) Before giving any direction under paragraph (4) to any governing body the Department shall consult that body.

(6) In this Article—

(a)references to the initial instrument of government and articles of government of an institution are to the instrument and articles which are to have effect—

(i)as from the establishment of the governing body of the institution, in the case of an institution established under Article 6 or an institution formed by an amalgamation under Article 7;

(ii)as from the date on which the institution is recognised by the Department (within the meaning of Article 8), in the case of an institution recognised by virtue of paragraph (1) of that Article;

(iii)as from the transfer date, in the case of an institution to which Article 10 applies;

(b)references to the existing instrument of government or articles of government of an institution of further education are references to the instrument of government or articles of government for the time being having effect in relation to the institution under this Article.

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