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Local Government and Housing Act 1989

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14Voting rights of members of certain committees: Scotland

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

(a)is a member of a committee appointed under subsection (1) of section 57 of the [1973 c. 65.] Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 by a relevant authority and is not a member of that authority;

(b)is a member of a joint committee appointed under that subsection 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 that subsection by such a committee 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)Subject to the following provisions of this section, a person who—

(a)is a member of an education committee appointed under section 124 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 by an education authority and is not a member of that authority;

(b)is a member of a joint committee appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 10 to that Act by two or more education authorities and is not a member of any of these authorities; or

(c)is a member of a sub-committee appointed under paragraph 8 of that Schedule by an education committee or such a joint committee and is not a member of the education committee or, as the case may be, one of the education authorities which appointed the joint 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.

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

(a)is a member of a social work committee appointed under section 2 of the [1968 c. 49.] Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 by a local authority for the purposes of that Act and is not a member of that authority;

(b)is a member of a joint committee appointed under paragraph 6 of Schedule 20 to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 by two or more such authorities and is not a member of any of those authorities; or

(c)is a member of a sub-committee appointed under paragraph 7 of that Schedule by a social work committee or such a joint committee and is not a member of the social work committee or, as the case may be, one of the local authorities which appointed the joint 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.

(4)Nothing in subsections (1) to (3) above shall require a person to be treated as a non-voting member of a committee or sub-committee falling within subsection (5) below; but, except—

(a)in the case of a sub-committee appointed by a committee falling within paragraph (b) 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.

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

(a)a committee established in accordance with any regulations made by virtue of section 7 of the [1972 c. 11.] Superannuation Act 1972 (regulations making provision for the superannuation of persons employed in local government service etc.);

(b)a committee appointed under section 57(4) of the [1973 c. 65.] Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (appointment of advisory committees by local authorities);

(c)a committee constituted in accordance with Schedule A1 to the [1980 c. 44.] Education (Scotland) Act 1980 (appeal committees for hearing placing and other appeals);

(d)a Children’s Panel Advisory Committee formed under paragraph 3 of Schedule 3 to the [1968 c. 49.] Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968;

(e)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;

(f)a sub-committee appointed by a committee falling within any of paragraphs (a) to (e) above or such a sub-committee as is so prescribed.

(6)Nothing in this section shall prevent the appointment as a voting member of—

(a)an education committee; or

(b)a joint committee appointed under paragraph 7 of Schedule 10 to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973; or

(c)a sub-committee appointed under paragraph 8 of that Schedule,

of a person appointed to the education committee under paragraph (a) of subsection (3) of section 124 of that Act (appointment of certain persons to education committees).

(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 in subsection (6) above to a voting member, in relation to any such committee, joint committee or sub-committee as is mentioned in that subsection, is a reference to a person who is entitled to vote at any meeting of that committee, joint committee or sub-committee on any question which falls to be decided at that meeting.

(8)In the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973—

(a)in section 57(3), 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);

(b)in section 161(6), the words from “but at least” onwards (which make corresponding provision in relation to a social work committee);

(c)in Schedule 10, paragraph 11 (which requires at least half of a joint education committee to be members of the appointing authorities);

(d)in Schedule 20, paragraph 10 (which requires at least two-thirds of a joint social work committee to be members of the appointing authorities),

shall be omitted.

(9)In this section “relevant authority” means a regional, islands or district council; and references in this section to voting include references to making use of a casting vote.

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