Proceedings of Authority and committees

14.  The acts and proceedings of the Authority, or of any committee of the Authority, shall not be invalidated by any vacancy in their number or by any defect in the appointment, or the qualification for appointment, of any person as a member, or as chair or vice-chair, of the Authority or committee.

15.  If a member is in any way directly or indirectly interested–

(a)in any contract or proposed contract to which the Authority are, or would be, a party; or

(b)in any other matter with which the Authority are concerned;

and is present at a meeting of the Authority or of any committee of the Authority at which that contract or other matter is the subject of consideration, he shall as soon as practicable after the commencement of the meeting disclose that fact at the meeting and shall not take part in any deliberation or decision of the Authority or committee with respect to that contract or that other matter.

16.  The person for the time being holding office as vice-chair shall have and may exercise in the absence or incapacity of the chair all the powers of the chair.

17.  If at any meeting of the Authority neither the chair nor the vice-chair are present the members present at the meeting shall choose one of their number to be the chair of the meeting.

18.—(1) Every question at a meeting of the Authority or of a committee of the Authority shall be decided by a majority vote of the members present and voting.

(2) If at any meeting of the Authority or of a committee of the Authority there is an equality of votes on any question the chair of the meeting shall have a second or casting vote which he may exercise for or against the status quo.