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The Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

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Contracts: exclusion of non-commercial considerations

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14.—(1) The Department may by order provide, in relation to boards, for a specified matter to cease to be a non-commercial matter for the purposes of Article 20 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (NI 12) (board contracts: exclusion of non-commercial considerations).

(2) An order under this Article may—

(a)provide for a matter to cease to be a non-commercial matter for specified purposes or to a specified extent;

(b)apply in relation to specified boards, functions or contracts;

(c)amend a statutory provision;

(d)include supplementary, incidental, consequential and transitional provisions

(3) In exercising a function regulated by Article 20 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (NI 12) with reference to a matter which is the subject of an order under this Article a board shall have regard to any guidance issued by the Department.

(4) Before the Department—

(a)makes an order under this Article; or

(b)issues any guidance under paragraph (3),

it shall consult the other funding departments.

(5) No order shall be made under this Article unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, the Assembly.

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