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Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003

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Part 2Proceedings

Standards of conduct

9(1)The Authority shall make a code of practice establishing standards for the conduct of members.

(2)The code of practice must make provision similar to that of the model code issued by the Secretary of State under section 50 of the Local Government Act 2000 (c. 22) (local government: conduct).

(3)Before making the code of practice the Authority shall—

(a)submit a draft to the Secretary of State, and

(b)obtain his approval of it.

Staff

10The Authority may—

(a)appoint staff;

(b)delegate a function to staff.

11In particular, the Authority shall appoint—

(a)a Treasurer with responsibility for ensuring the proper management of the Authority’s finances, and

(b)a clerk with responsibilities, assigned by the Authority, similar to those of the head of a local authority’s paid service under section 4 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (c. 42).

Committees

12The Authority may—

(a)establish a committee (which may include persons who are not members of the Authority);

(b)delegate a function to a committee established under paragraph (a).

Procedure

13The Authority shall determine its practice and procedure (subject to the provisions of this Schedule).

14(1)The Authority shall conduct its proceedings in public.

(2)The Authority—

(a)may disapply sub-paragraph (1) in respect of proceedings which the Authority thinks should be conducted in private, and

(b)may exclude a specified person from proceedings.

Validity of proceedings

15The validity of proceedings of the Authority shall not be affected by—

(a)a vacancy in the membership,

(b)a vacancy in the office of chairman,

(c)a defect in the appointment of a member, of the chairman or of the deputy chairman, or

(d)the participation of a person whose membership has lapsed.

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