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Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

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Substitution of rule 7B in Schedule 1

2.  For rule 7B of Schedule 1 (as referred to in paragraph 4 of Schedule 2), substitute –

Reasons for the tribunal’s decision in national security cases

7B.(1) This rule applies to the document setting out the reasons for the tribunal’s decision prepared under rule 12(3), and the report (if any) of an expert received by the tribunal in the course of the proceedings, in any particular Crown employment proceedings in which a direction of a Minister of the Crown has been given under rule 8(1)(a), (b) or (c), or an order of the tribunal has been made under rule 8(2)(a) read with 8(1)(a), (b) or (c).

(2) Before the Secretary enters the document referred to in rule 12(3), and the copy of the report referred to in paragraph (1), in the Register he shall send a copy of those documents to the Minister.

(3) If the Minister considers it expedient in the interests of national security he may –

(a)direct the tribunal that the document referred to in rule 12(3) and the report referred to in paragraph (1) shall not be disclosed to any person who was excluded from all or part of the proceedings;

(b)direct the tribunal to prepare a further document setting out the reasons for its decision but with the omission of such of the reasons as are specified in the direction;

(c)direct the tribunal that no further document setting out the tribunal’s reasons for its decision should be prepared;

(d)direct the tribunal that a further copy of the report referred to in paragraph (1) be prepared, with the omission of such parts of the report as are specified in the direction;

(e)direct the tribunal that no further report referred to in paragraph (1) be prepared.

(4) Where the Minister has directed the tribunal in accordance with paragraph (3)(b) or (d), any document prepared pursuant to that direction shall be signed by the chairman and marked in each place where an omission has been made.

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