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SCHEDULE 6E+W+S+N.I.The Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator

This schedulenoteType=Explanatory Notes has no associated

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InterpretationE+W+S+N.I.

1In this Schedule “the relevant Northern Ireland department” means the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland.E+W+S+N.I.

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StatusE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)The OHPA is not to be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The OHPA's property is not to be regarded as property of, or property held on behalf of, the Crown.

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General powersE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)The OHPA may do anything which appears to it to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of, or in connection with, the exercise of its functions.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)This includes, in particular, the power to—

(a)acquire and dispose of land and other property, and

(b)enter into contracts.

MembershipE+W+S+N.I.

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4The OHPA is to consist of the following members—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a chair appointed by the Privy Council,

(b)non-executive members appointed by the Privy Council, and

(c)executive members appointed in accordance with paragraph 8.

5No person may be appointed as a member unless the person satisfies such requirements as may be prescribed in regulations made by the Privy Council.E+W+S+N.I.

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I1Sch. 6 para. 5 partly in force; Sch. 6 para. 5 in force for specified purposes at Royal Assent, see s. 170

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6A person may be appointed as the chair only if the person (as well as satisfying any requirements prescribed under paragraph 5)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)has a 10 year general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 (c. 41),

(b)is an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least 10 years' standing, or

(c)is a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland, or a solicitor of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland, of at least 10 years' standing.

7(1)The Privy Council must by regulations make provision about the number of non-executive and executive members.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The regulations must provide for there to be—

(a)at least one but no more than three non-executive members, and

(b)at least one but no more than three executive members.

(3)The regulations may not provide for the number of executive members to be greater than the number of non-executive members.

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I2Sch. 6 para. 7 partly in force; Sch. 6 para. 7 in force for specified purposes at Royal Assent, see s. 170

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8(1)The first executive members are to be appointed by the Privy Council.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Subsequent appointments of executive members are to be made by the OHPA.

(3)The executive members must be employees of the OHPA.

(4)Sub-paragraph (3) is to be taken to be complied with in relation to the first executive members appointed under sub-paragraph (1) if they are employed by the OHPA as soon as practicable after being appointed.

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9Each of the members mentioned in paragraph 4(a) to (c)—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)holds and vacates office in accordance with the terms of the member's appointment, and

(b)may be removed from office by the Privy Council on the grounds of incapacity or misbehaviour.

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10(1)Subject to sub-paragraph (2), the terms of a member's appointment are to be determined by the person making the appointment.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The terms of appointment of an executive member appointed by the OHPA are to be determined by the Privy Council in so far as the terms relate to tenure of office or suspension from office.

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ProcedureE+W+S+N.I.

11The OHPA may regulate its own procedure.E+W+S+N.I.

12The validity of proceedings of the OHPA is not affected—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)by any vacancy in its membership,

(b)by any defect in the appointment of a member, or

(c)by any person—

(i)acting as a member even though ineligible for appointment when purportedly appointed, or

(ii)acting as a member after having ceased to be a member.

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Members' interestsE+W+S+N.I.

13(1)The OHPA must establish and maintain a system for the declaration and registration of private interests of its members.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The OHPA must publish entries recorded in the register of members' interests.

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Remuneration and allowancesE+W+S+N.I.

14(1)The OHPA must pay to its chair, or to any other member, such remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If the Secretary of State so determines, the OHPA must pay or make provision for the payment of such pension, allowances or gratuities as the Secretary of State may determine to or in respect of a person who is or has been the chair or any other member of the OHPA.

(3)If the Secretary of State determines that there are special circumstances that make it right for a person ceasing to hold office as chair of the OHPA to receive compensation, the OHPA must—

(a)pay to that person, or

(b)make provision for the payment to that person of,

such compensation as the Secretary of State may determine.

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Amendment of Superannuation Act 1972 (c. 11)E+W+S+N.I.

15In Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972 (kinds of employment in relation to which pension schemes may be made), at the appropriate place in the list of “Other Bodies” insert the following entry— “ The Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator. ”E+W+S+N.I.

16The OHPA must pay to the Minister for the Civil Service, at such times as the Minister may direct, such sums as the Minister may determine in respect of any increase attributable to paragraph 15 in the sums payable out of money provided by Parliament under the Superannuation Act 1972.E+W+S+N.I.

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EmployeesE+W+S+N.I.

17(1)The OHPA may appoint such employees (in addition to the executive members) as it considers appropriate on such terms and conditions as it may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Without prejudice to its other powers, the OHPA may pay, or make provision for the payment of—

(a)pensions, allowances and gratuities, or

(b)compensation for loss of employment or reduction of remuneration,

to or in respect of its employees.

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Payments and loans to the OHPAE+W+S+N.I.

18(1)The Secretary of State may make payments to the OHPA of such amounts, at such times and on such conditions (if any) as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The relevant Northern Ireland department may make payments to the OHPA of such amounts, at such times and on such conditions (if any) as it considers appropriate.

(3)The Secretary of State may make loans to the OHPA on such terms (including terms as to repayment and interest) as the Secretary of State may determine.

(4)The approval of the Treasury is required as to the amount and terms of any loan under sub-paragraph (3).

(5)The relevant Northern Ireland department may make loans to the OHPA on such terms (including terms as to repayment and interest) as it may determine.

(6)The approval of the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland is required as to the amount and terms of any loan under sub-paragraph (5).

(7)Except as provided by sub-paragraphs (3) and (5), the OHPA has no power to borrow money.

(8)The Secretary of State may give directions to the OHPA as to the application of any sums received by it under sub-paragraph (1) or (3).

(9)The relevant Northern Ireland department may give directions to the OHPA as to the application of any sums received by it under sub-paragraph (2) or (5).

(10)The OHPA must comply with any directions under sub-paragraph (8) or (9).

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AccountsE+W+S+N.I.

19(1)The OHPA must keep accounts in such form as the Secretary of State may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The OHPA must prepare annual accounts in respect of each financial year in such form as the Secretary of State may determine.

(3)The OHPA must send copies of the annual accounts to—

(a)the Secretary of State, and

(b)the Comptroller and Auditor General,

within such period after the end of the financial year to which the accounts relate as the Secretary of State may determine.

(4)Within that period the OHPA must also send copies of the annual accounts to the relevant Northern Ireland department.

(5)The Comptroller and Auditor General must examine, certify and report on the annual accounts and must lay copies of the accounts, and of the report on them, before Parliament.

(6)A copy of the accounts must be laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly by the relevant Northern Ireland department.

(7)In this paragraph and paragraph 20, “financial year” means—

(a)the period beginning with the day on which the OHPA is established and ending with the next 31 March following that day, and

(b)each successive period of 12 months ending with 31 March.

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ReportsE+W+S+N.I.

20(1)The OHPA must prepare a report on the exercise of its functions during each financial year.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)As soon as possible after the end of the financial year the OHPA must send copies of the report to—

(a)the Secretary of State, and

(b)the relevant Northern Ireland department.

(3)A copy of the report must be laid—

(a)before Parliament, by the Secretary of State, and

(b)before the Northern Ireland Assembly, by the relevant Northern Ireland department.

(4)The Privy Council may give directions to the OHPA as to the matters to be dealt with in the report.

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Seal and evidenceE+W+S+N.I.

21The application of the seal of the OHPA must be authenticated by the signature—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)of any member of the OHPA, or

(b)of any other person who has been authorised by the OHPA (whether generally or specifically) for that purpose.

22A document—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)purporting to be duly executed under the seal of the OHPA, or

(b)purporting to be signed on behalf of the OHPA,

is to be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, taken to be so executed or signed.

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Meetings of the OHPA in Northern IrelandE+W+S+N.I.

23(1)Sections 23 to 27 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 (c. 9) (which provide for public access to meetings of a district council, the publication of information concerning such meetings etc.) apply in relation to meetings of the OHPA in Northern Ireland as they apply in relation to meetings of a district council but subject to the following modifications.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The modifications are that—

(a)any reference to a district council is to be read as a reference to the OHPA, and

(b)any reference to councillors or members of the council is to be read as a reference to members of the OHPA.

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