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The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014

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PART 2Powers of the Committee

1.  The Committee, which shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and with the capacity to acquire and hold land, shall subject to paragraphs 2 to 8 of Part 1 of this Schedule, perform such functions as may be assigned to it by these Regulations and the Transitional Regulations.

2.  The Committee may appoint a sub-committee or an officer employed by the Committee to discharge, with or without restrictions or conditions as the Committee thinks fit, any of the functions assigned to the Committee by the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000(1), or these Regulations and the Transitional Regulations.

3.  The number of members of a sub-committee appointed under paragraph 2 of this Part of this Schedule and their term of office shall be fixed by the Committee or, in the case of an officer, the officer’s term of office shall be fixed by the Committee.

4.  A sub-committee appointed under paragraph 2 of this Part of this Schedule shall consist of Committee members and may include officers of the Committee appointed under paragraphs 11 and 12 of this Part of this Schedule.

5.  A sub-committee or an officer appointed under paragraph 2 of this Part of this Schedule shall report to the Committee at each of its meetings setting out all actions taken under such appointment.

6.  The Committee may revoke any appointment made under paragraph 2 of this Part of this Schedule, or any restriction or condition imposed under paragraph 2 of this Part of this Schedule or anything fixed under paragraph 3 of this Part of this Schedule.

7.  Any arrangements made by the Committee for the discharge of its functions specified in the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 or these Regulations and the Transitional Regulations, by a sub-committee or officer shall not prevent the Committee from exercising those functions.

8.  The seal of the Committee shall be authenticated by the signature—

(a)of any Committee member; or

(b)of any other person authorised by the Committee (whether generally or specifically) for that purpose.

9.  Every document purporting to be an instrument issued by the Committee and to be sealed with the seal of the Committee authenticated in the manner provided by paragraph 8 of this Part of this Schedule, or to be signed by the secretary or any person authorised to act in that behalf, shall be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, shall be deemed to be such instrument without further proof.

10.  Subject to the provisions of these Regulations and the Transitional Regulations the Committee shall have the power to regulate its own procedures.

11.  The Committee may with the approval of the Department appoint persons to hold any of the following offices—

(a)Secretary to the Committee;

(b)Deputy Secretary to the Committee; and

(c)such other offices under the Committee as the Department may designate in writing.

12.  In addition to the appointments mentioned in paragraph 11 of this Part of this Schedule, the Committee may appoint such other officers as may be required for the performance of the functions of the Committee.

13.—(1) The Committee may make arrangements with any employing authority, admission body, Government department, district council or the Regional Health and Social Care Board, for the exercise of any pension function by the Committee on behalf of any employing authority, admission body, Government department, district council or the Regional Health and Social Care Board on such terms as may be provided for by the arrangements.

(2) For the purposes of this paragraph, “the Regional Health and Social Care Board” means the Regional Health and Social Care Board established under section 7 of the Health and Social Care (Reform) Act (Northern Ireland) 2009(2).

14.  Section 18(2) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(3) shall apply to any appointment made by virtue of paragraph 11 or 12 of this Part of this Schedule as if each of these paragraphs was an enactment referred to in that section but a person shall not be removed from any office mentioned in paragraph 11 of this Part of this Schedule without the written concurrence of the Department.

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