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The following Schedule is inserted in the 1991 Act, after Schedule 4—
1In this Schedule—
“departure application” means an application for a departure direction;
“regulations” means regulations made by the Secretary of State;
“review” means a review under section 16, 17, 18 or 19.
2Regulations may make provision—
(a)as to the procedure to be followed in considering a departure application;
(b)as to the procedure to be followed when a departure application is referred to a child support appeal tribunal under section 28D(1)(b);
(c)for the giving of a direction by the Secretary of State as to the order in which, in a particular case, a departure application and a review are to be dealt with;
(d)for the reconsideration of a departure application in a case where further information becomes available to the Secretary of State after the application has been determined.
3Regulations may provide for determining when the preliminary consideration of a departure application is to be taken to have been completed.
4(1)Regulations may make provision for the use for any purpose of this Act of—
(a)information acquired by the Secretary of State in connection with an application for, or the making of, a departure direction;
(b)information acquired by a child support officer or the Secretary of State in connection with an application for, or the making of, a maintenance assessment.
(2)If any information which is required (by regulations under this Act) to be furnished to the Secretary of State in connection with a departure application has not been furnished within such period as may be prescribed, the Secretary of State may nevertheless proceed to determine the application.
5(1)A departure direction may be given so as to provide that if the circumstances of the case change in such manner as may be specified in the direction a fresh maintenance assessment is to be made.
(2)Where any such provision is made, the departure direction may provide for the basis on which the amount of child support maintenance is to be fixed by the fresh maintenance assessment to differ from the basis on which the amount of child support maintenance was fixed by any earlier maintenance assessment made as a result of the direction.
6Regulations may make provision—
(a)with respect to cases in which a child support officer is conducting a review of a maintenance assessment which was made as a result of a departure direction;
(b)with respect to cases in which a departure direction is made at a time when a child support officer is conducting a review.
7(1)Regulations may make provision with respect to any departure application made with respect to a maintenance assessment which was made as a result of a departure direction.
(2)The regulations may, in particular, provide for the application to be considered by reference to the maintenance assessment which would have been made had the departure direction not been given.
8(1)Regulations may provide for two or more departure applications with respect to the same current assessment to be considered together.
(2)A child support appeal tribunal considering—
(a)a departure application referred to it under section 28D(1)(b), or
(b)an appeal under section 28H,
may consider it at the same time as hearing an appeal under section 20 in respect of the current assessment, if it considers that to be appropriate.
9(1)Regulations may provide that, in prescribed circumstances, where—
(a)a departure application is referred to a child support appeal tribunal under section 28D(1)(b), or
(b)an appeal is brought under section 28H,
the application or appeal may be dealt with by a tribunal constituted by the chairman sitting alone.
(2)Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply in relation to any appeal which is being heard together with an appeal under section 20.
10Regulations may make provision as to the circumstances in which prescribed references in this Act to a current assessment are to have effect as if they were references to any later maintenance assessment made with respect to the same persons as the current assessment.”]
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