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(1)Section 2 of the Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 (c. 17) (conditions of entitlement) is amended as follows.
(2)For subsection (5) substitute—
“(5A)The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument provide that, in such circumstances as may be specified in the order, the condition in subsection (1)(a)(i) need not be fulfilled in the case of vaccinations of persons of a description so specified which are given under arrangements made by or on behalf of—
(a)Her Majesty's forces,
(b)a government department so specified, or
(c)any other body so specified.
(5B)Orders under subsection (5A) may make different provision in relation to different cases.”
(3)In subsection (6), for “that subsection” substitute “ this section ”.
(1)The Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 is amended as follows.
(2)In section 4 (appeals to appeal tribunals), in subsection (1) (right of appeal), for “an appeal tribunal” substitute “ an appropriate appeal tribunal ” and after that subsection insert—
“(1A)In subsection (1) the reference to an appropriate appeal tribunal is—
(a)if the claimant's address is in Northern Ireland, to an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998;
(b)if it is not, to an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter 1 of Part 1 of the Social Security Act 1998.”
(3)In that section, after subsection (3) insert—
“(3A)In relation to appeals under subsection (1) to an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland may by regulations—
(a)make provision as to the manner in which, and the time within which, appeals are to be brought;
(b)make such provision with respect to proceedings before appeal tribunals as the Department considers appropriate.
(3B)Regulations under subsection (3A) may in particular make any provision of a kind mentioned in Schedule 4 to the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998.”
(4)In section 7A (correction of errors and setting aside of decisions), after subsection (1) insert—
“(1A)The Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland may by regulations make provision with respect to—
(a)the correction of accidental errors in any decision or record of a decision under section 4 of this Act of an appeal tribunal constituted under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998; and
(b)the setting aside of any such decision in a case where it appears just to set the decision aside on the ground that—
(i)a document relating to the proceedings in which the decision was given was not sent to, or was not received at an appropriate time by, a party to the proceedings or a party's representative or was not received at an appropriate time by the appeal tribunal which gave the decision; or
(ii)a party to the proceedings or a party's representative was not present at a hearing related to the proceedings.”
(5)In section 12 (financial provisions), after subsection (3) insert—
“(3A)The Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland shall pay such travelling and other allowances as the Department may determine—
(a)to persons required under section 4 to attend before tribunals constituted under Chapter 1 of Part 2 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998; and
(b)in circumstances where the Department considers it appropriate, to any person who accompanies a disabled person to such a tribunal.”
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