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  • Act modified by S.I. 2008/3002 art. 7 (This amendment comes into force on the day 2008 c. 4, s. 5 comes into force, see art. 1(2). That provision was brought into force on 1.12.2008 by S.I. 2008/3068, art. 2(1)(b))
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13 Voting rights of members of certain committees: England and Wales.E+W+S

(1)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a person who—

(a)is a member of a committee appointed under a power to which this section applies by a relevant authority and is not a member of that authority;

(b)is a member of a joint committee appointed under such a power by two or more relevant authorities and is not a member of any of those authorities; or

(c)is a member of a sub-committee appointed under such a power by such acommittee as is mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) above and is not a member of the relevant authority, or one of the relevant authorities, which appointed that committee,

shall for all purposes be treated as a non-voting member of that committee, joint committee or, as the case may be, sub-committee.

(2)The powers to which this section applies are—

(a)the powers conferred on any relevant authority by subsection (1) of section 102 of the M1Local Government Act 1972 (ordinary committees, joint committees and sub-committees);

[F1(b)the powers exercisable by any relevant authority in accordance with any arrangements approved under paragraph 1 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the M2Education Act 1944, by virtue of any order under paragraph 3 of that Part of that Schedule or by virtue of paragraph 10 of that Part of that Schedule (education committees, joint education committees and education sub-committees);]

(c)the powers exercisable by any relevant authority for the purposes of section 2 of the M3Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 (social services committees) or by virtue of section 4 of that Act (joint social services committees and sub-committees).

(3)Nothing in subsection (1) above shall require a person to be treated as a non-voting member of a committee or sub-committee falling within subsection (4) below; but, except—

(a)in the case of a sub-committee appointed by a committee falling within paragraph (e) of that subsection; and

(b)in such cases as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State,

a person who is a member of a sub-committee falling within that subsection shall for all purposes be treated as a non-voting member of that sub-committee unless he is a member of the committee which appointed the sub-committee.

(4)A committee or sub-committee falls within this subsection if it is—

[F2(a)a committee appointed for the purposes of section 2 or 3(4) of the M4Police Act 1964 (constitution of a committee of a relevant authority as a police authority);]

(b)a local fisheries committee for any sea fisheries district;

(c)a committee established in accordance with any regulations made by virtue of section 7 of the M5Superannuation Act 1972 (regulations making provision for the superannuation of persons employed in local government service etc.);

F3(d). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(e)a committee appointed under section 102(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 (appointment of advisory committees by local authorities);

(f)a committee constituted in accordance with [F4Part I of Schedule 33 to the Education Act 1996 (constitution of appeal committees for admission appeals etc.)];

(g)a committee established exclusively for the purpose of discharging such functions of a relevant authority as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State;

(h)a sub-committee appointed by a committee falling within any of [F5paragraphs (b) to (g)] above or such a sub-committee as is so prescribed.

[F6(5)Nothing in this section shall prevent the appointment of a person who is not a member of a local education authority as a voting member of—

(a)any committee or sub-committee appointed by the local authority wholly or partly for the purpose of discharging any functions with respect to education conferred on them in their capacity as a local education authority,

(b)any joint committee appointed by two or more local authorities wholly or partly for the purpose of discharging any functions with respect to education conferred on them in their capacity as local education authorities, or

(c)any sub-committee appointed by any such committee or joint committee wholly or partly for the purpose of discharging any of that committee’s functions with respect to education,

where that appointment is required [F7either] by directions given by the Secretary of State under section 499 of the Education Act 1996 (power of Secretary of State to direct appointment of members of committees) [F8or pursuant to regulations under subsection (6) of that section].]

[F9(5A)Nothing in this section shall prevent the appointment of a council manager of a local authority, or one other officer of that local authority in his place, as a voting member of a joint committee, or a sub-committee of such a committee, where—

(a)that local authority have a mayor and council manager executive F10; and

(b)the joint committee or the sub-committee has been appointed for the purpose of discharging functions which, as respects that local authority, are the responsibility of that executive.]

[F11(6)The Secretary of State may, if it appears to him appropriate to do so inconsequence of the preceding provisions of this section, withdraw any approval given before the coming into force of this section in relation to any arrangements for the purposes of paragraph 1 of Part II of Schedule 1 to the said Act of 1944].

(7)Where a person is treated by virtue of this section as a non-voting member of any committee, joint committee or sub-committee, he shall not be entitled to vote at any meeting of the committee, joint committee or sub-committee on any question which falls to be decided at that meeting; and the reference insubsection (5) above to a voting member, in relation to any [F12committee, joint committee or sub-committee appointed for the purpose mentioned in that subsection], is a reference to a person who is entitled to vote at any meeting of that committee orsub-committee on any question which falls to be decided at that meeting.

(8)In subsection (3) of section 102 of the M6Local Government Act 1972, the words from “but at least” onwards (which require at least two-thirds of certain committees to be members of the appointing authority or authorities) shall be omitted.

(9)In this section—

[F13“council manager”, “executive” and “mayor and council manager executive” have the same meaning as in Part II of the Local Government Act 2000 (arrangements with respect to executives etc.); and]

  • F14. . .

  • relevant authority” means a local authority of any of the descriptions specified in [F15paragraphs (a) to (f) or (h) to (j)] of section 21(1) below or any parish or community council;

and references in this section to voting include references to making use of a casting vote.

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F2S. 13(4)(a) repealed (1.4.1995 (E.W.) otherwiseprosp.) by 1994 c. 29, s. 93, Sch. 9 Pt. I; S.I. 1994/3262, art. 4, Sch. (subject to art. 5)

F5Words in s. 13(4)(h) substituted (1.10.1994 for specified purposes otherwise 1.4.1995) by 1994 c. 29, ss. 43, 94(1), Sch. 4 para. 36(a); S.I. 1994/2025, art. 6; S.I. 1994/3262, art. 4, Sch. (subject to art. 5)

F9S. 13(5A) inserted (E.) (18.5.2001) and (W.) (1.4.2002) by S.I. 2001/1517, art. 6(1)(a); S.I. 2002/803, art. 6(1)(a)

F10See regulations 11 and 12 of the Local Authorities (Arrangements for the Discharge of Functions) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/2851) and the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Discharge of Functions) (Wales) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/2287 (W.175)).

F13S. 13(9): definition inserted (E.) (18.5.2001) and (W.) (1.4.2002) by S.I. 2001/1517, art. 6(1)(b); S.I. 2002/803, art. 6(1)(b)

F14S. 13(9): the definition of “foundation governors" and the “and" immediately following it repealed (1.11.1996) by 1996 c. 56, ss. 582(1)(2), 583(2), Sch. 37 Pt. I para. 96(1)(5), Sch. 38 Pt. I (with ss. 1(4), 561, 562, Sch. 39 paras. 5, 6, 8, 30, 39)

F15S. 13(9): words in the definition of "relevant authority" substituted (1.10.1994 for specified purposes otherwise 1.4.1995) by 1994 c. 29, ss. 43, 94(1), Sch. 4 para. 36(a); S.I. 1994/2025, art. 6; S.I. 1994/3262, art. 4, Sch. (subject to art. 5)

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