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Iron and Steel Act 1982

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Part IIIIron and Steel Arbitration Tribunal

25Iron and Steel Arbitration Tribunal

(1)There shall continue to be a tribunal called the Iron and Steel Arbitration Tribunal (in this Act referred to as " the arbitration tribunal") for the purpose of determining any question or dispute which under, or by virtue of, any provision of this Act, or of any regulations made under any such provision, is expressly required to be determined by arbitration under this Act or any matter in respect of which jurisdiction is given to the arbitration tribunal by virtue of any such provision,

(2)The arbitration tribunal shall, subject to subsection (9) below, hear and determine every question, dispute or matter referred to in subsection (1) above.

(3)Where any question, dispute or matter referred to in subsection (1) above arises out of, or in connection with, the transfer of the securities of any company, or in connection with the recovery of assets of any company, or in connection with any transaction of any company then, if the principal place of business of the company, or the principal place at which the works comprised in the business are situated, as the case may be, is in Scotland, the proceedings before the arbitration tribunal in respect of that question, dispute or matter shall, subject to the provisions of this section, be Scottish proceedings; and the provisions of this Part of this Act relating to Scottish proceedings shall have effect accordingly.

(4)The arbitration tribunal shall, as the Lord Chancellor may direct, either sit as a single tribunal or sit in two or more divisions, and shall, for the hearing of any proceedings, be constituted as follows—

(a)one member, who shall be the president of the arbitration tribunal, shall be a barrister or solicitor, except that, in the case of Scottish proceedings, he shall be an advocate or solicitor who has practised in Scotland ;

(b)there shall be two other members of whom one shall be a person of experience in business and the other shall be a person of experience in finance.

(5)The members of the arbitration tribunal shall be appointed by the Lord Chancellor, except that any member or members appointed for the hearing of Scottish proceedings shall be appointed by the Lord President of the Court of Session.

(6)Any member appointed by the Lord President of the Court of Session shall act only in relation to Scottish proceedings.

(7)The members of the arbitration tribunal shall hold office for such period as may be determined at the time of their respective appointments and shall be eligible for reappointment, but—

(a)a member may at any time by not less than one month's notice in writing to the Lord Chancellor, or the Lord President of the Court of Session, as the case may be, resign his office;

(b)the Lord Chancellor, or the Lord President of the Court of Session, as the case may be, may declare the office of any member vacant on the ground that he is unfit to continue in his office ;

(c)if any member becomes bankrupt or makes a composition with his creditors his office shall thereupon become vacant.

(8)If by reason of illness or other infirmity any member of the arbitration tribunal becomes temporarily incapable of performing the duties of his office, the Lord Chancellor, or the Lord President of the Court of Session, as the case may be, shall appoint some other fit person to discharge his duties for any period not exceeding six months at one time, and the person so appointed shall, during that period, have the same powers as the person in whose place he was appointed.

(9)The arbitration tribunal may, at any stage in any proceedings before them, refer to a person or persons appointed by them for the purpose, for inquiry and report, any question arising in the proceedings, not being a question which in the opinion of the tribunal is primarily one of law, and the report of any such person or persons may be adopted wholly or partly by the tribunal and, if so adopted, may be incorporated in an order of the tribunal.

26Procedure and enforcement of orders

(1)The arbitration tribunal shall be a court of record and have an official seal, which shall be judicially noticed, and any order of the tribunal shall be enforceable in England and Wales as if it were an order of the High Court.

(2)The provisions of the Arbitration Act 1950 with respect to—

(a)the administration of oaths and the taking of affirmations ;

(b)the correction in awards of mistakes and errors ;

(c)the summoning, attendance and examination of witnesses and the production of documents ; and

(d)the costs of the reference and award ;

shall, with any necessary modifications, apply in respect of any proceedings before the arbitration tribunal, but except as provided in this subsection that Act shall not apply to any such proceedings.

(3)The arbitration tribunal may, and, if so ordered by the Court of Appeal, shall, state in the form of a special case for determination by the Court of Appeal any question of law which may arise before them.

(4)Subject to the provisions of this section, the procedure in, or in connection with, any proceedings before the arbitration tribunal shall be such as may be determined by rules to be made by the Lord Chancellor.

(5)In relation to Scottish proceedings, this section shall have effect subject to the following modifications—

(a)for subsections (2) and (3) there shall be substituted the following subsections—

(2)The arbitration tribunal shall have the like powers for securing the attendance of witnesses and the production of documents, and with regard to the examination of witnesses on oath and the awarding of expenses, as if the arbitration tribunal were an arbiter under a submission.

(2A)An order of the arbitration tribunal may be recorded for execution in the books of Council and Session and may be enforced accordingly.

(3)The arbitration tribunal may, and, if so directed by the Court of Session, shall, state a case for the opinion of that Court on any question of law arising in the proceedings.

(3A)An appeal shall lie, with the leave of the Court of Session or of the House of Lords, from any decision of the Court of Session under subsection (3) above, and that leave may be given on such terms as to costs or otherwise as the Court of Session or the House of Lords may determine.;

(b)in subsection (4) for the reference to the Lord Chancellor there shall be substituted a reference to the Lord Advocate;

and in the case of any such proceedings, the tribunal shall, except in so far as for special reasons they think fit not to do so, sit in Scotland.

27Transfer of proceedings between England and Scotland

(1)If, at any stage in any proceedings before the arbitration tribunal which would not otherwise fall to be treated as Scottish proceedings, the tribunal are satisfied that, by reason of the fact that questions of Scottish law arise or for any other reason, the proceedings ought thereafter to be treated as Scottish proceedings, the tribunal may order that they shall thereafter be so treated, and the provisions of this Part of this Act shall have effect accordingly.

(2)If, at any stage in any proceedings before the arbitration tribunal which would otherwise be treated as Scottish proceedings, the tribunal are satisfied that, by reason of the fact that questions of English law arise or for any other reason, the proceedings ought not to be treated as Scottish proceedings, they may make an order that the proceedings shall thereafter not be treated as Scottish proceedings, and the provisions of this Part of this Act shall have effect accordingly.

28Staff and expenses of the arbitration tribunal

(1)The arbitration tribunal may, subject to the consent of the Treasury as to numbers, appoint such officers as they consider necessary for assisting them in the proper execution of their duties.

(2)There shall be paid to the members of the arbitration tribunal and to any such officer as aforesaid such remuneration (whether by way of salaries or fees) and such allowances as the Secretary of State may, with the approval of the Treasury, determine.

(3)There shall be paid to any person to whom proceedings are referred by the arbitration tribunal under section 25(9) above for inquiry and report such remuneration (whether by way of salary or fees) and such allowances as the tribunal may, with the approval of the Treasury, determine.

(4)Any remuneration and allowances payable under subsection (2) or (3) above and any other expenses of the arbitration tribunal shall be defrayed in the first instance by the Secretary of State out of moneys provided by Parliament, but the amounts from time to time so paid by him shall be repaid on demand to the Secretary of State by the Corporation and shall be paid by him into the Consolidated Fund.

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