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Social Security and Housing Benefits Act 1982

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Schedule 3Determination of Questions : Procedure

1The following are the kinds of provision referred to in section 15(5) of this Act.

2Provision as to the form which is to be used for any document, the evidence which is to be required and the circumstances in which any official record or certificate is to be sufficient or conclusive evidence.

3Provision as to the time to be allowed for producing any evidence.

4Provision for summoning persons to attend to give evidence or produce documents and for authorising the administration of oaths to witnesses.

5Provision for the award of costs or expenses.

6Provision for authorising a local tribunal consisting of two or more members to proceed with any case, with the consent of the prescribed person, in the absence of any member.

7Provision for giving the chairman or acting chairman of a local tribunal consisting of two or more members a second or casting vote where the number of members present is an even number.

8Provision for empowering the Secretary of State, an insurance officer, a local tribunal or a Commissioner to refer to a medical practitioner for examination and report any question arising for his or their decision.

9Provision that in such cases as may be prescribed, one or more medical practitioners shall sit with a local tribunal or Commissioner either as additional members or as assessors.

10Provision for the appointment by the Secretary of State of medical practitioners to act for the purposes of this Part of this Act either generally or for such cases and for such adjudicators as the Secretary of State may determine. In this paragraph " adjudicators " means insurance officers, local tribunals, Commissioners and the Secretary of State.

11Provision for extending and defining the functions of assessors for the purposes of this Part of this Act.

12Provision for withholding from a person the particulars of any medical advice or medical evidence given or submitted in connection with the determination of any question if, in the opinion of the prescribed authority (being the person or tribunal, or the chairman of the tribunal, by whom that determination falls to be made), disclosure of those particulars to that person would be undesirable in his interests.

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