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Appointment of Consultants (Special Agencies) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Regulation 7

SCHEDULE 1Constitution of an Advisory Appointments Committee

1.  A special agency shall constitute a committee in accordance with the following provisions.

2.  A special agency shall appoint to the Committee five persons, hereafter referred to as “core members”, of whom–

(a)one shall be a lay member of the special agency;

(b)one shall be a professional member who shall be–

(i)a person employed by the special agency as a consultant in the relevant speciality; or

(ii)where no such person is available for the purpose a person employed by the special agency as a consultant in some other specialty;

(c)one shall be the chief officer of the special agency;

(d)one shall be a consultant specialising in the branch of medicine or dentistry concerned practising outside Northern Ireland;

(e)one shall be nominated by the Faculty of Medicine of the Queen’s University of Belfast.

3.  In addition to the core members a special agency may appoint such additional members to the Committee as it thinks fit.

4.  A Committee shall have a majority of professional members and a majority of members who are persons employed by a special agency or who are members of a special agency.

5.  Two or more special agencies may in the appointment of a Committee act together as if they were a single special agency.

Regulation 7

SCHEDULE 2Proceedings of the Advisory Appointments Committee

1.  The Committee shall not transact any business in the absence of any core member unless there is present a person who has been nominated by the core member to act as his deputy.

2.—(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) where an appointed member is unwilling or unable to perform his functions another person may be appointed in the same manner to be a member in his place.

(2) Where the person who is unwilling or unable to perform his functions is the chief officer of the special agency another officer of the special agency may be appointed to act in his place.

3.  The Chairman of the Committee shall be the lay member appointed under paragraph 2(a) of Schedule 1.

4.  The special agency shall appoint an officer to service the Committee and to provide such clerical or other assistance as the Committee may require.

5.  In the event of an equality of votes the Chairman shall not have a second or casting vote and no applicant shall be considered suitable for employment unless a majority of the Committee consider him to be so suitable.

6.  Subject to the provisions of paragraphs 1 and 2, the proceedings of the Committee shall not be invalidated by any vacancy in, or failure to appoint to, or defect in the appointment or qualification of any member of the Committee.

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