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3(1)An internal drainage board may, with the approval of the relevant Minister, make rules—E+W
(a)for regulating the proceedings of the board, including quorum, place of meetings and notices to be given of meetings;
(b)with respect to the appointment of a chairman and a vice-chairman;
(c)for enabling the board to constitute committees; and
(d)for authorising the delegation to committees of any of the powers of the board and for regulating the proceedings of committees, including quorum, place of meetings and notices to be given of meetings.
(2)The first meeting of an internal drainage board shall be held on such day and at such time and place as may be fixed by the relevant Minister; and the relevant Minister shall cause notice of the meeting to be sent by post to each member of the board not less than fourteen days before the appointed day.
(3)Any member of an internal drainage board who is interested in any company with which the board has, or proposes to make, any contract shall—
(a)disclose to the board the fact and nature of his interest; and
(b)take no part in any deliberation or decision of the board relating to such contract;
and such disclosure shall be forthwith recorded in the minutes of the board.
(4)A minute of the proceedings of a meeting of an internal drainage board, or of a committee of such a board, purporting to be signed at that or the next ensuing meeting by a person describing himself as, or appearing to be, the chairman of the meeting to the proceedings of which the minute relates—
(a)shall be evidence of the proceedings; and
(b)shall be received in evidence without further proof.
(5)Until the contrary is proved—
(a)every meeting in respect of the proceedings of which a minute has been so signed shall be deemed to have been duly convened and held;
(b)all the proceedings had at any such meeting shall be deemed to have been duly had; and
(c)where the proceedings at any such meeting are the proceedings of a committee, the committee shall be deemed to have been duly constituted and to have had power to deal with the matters referred to in the minute.
(6)The proceedings of an internal drainage board shall not be invalidated by any vacancy in the membership of the board or by any defect in the appointment or qualification of any member of the board.
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