34Independent review of determinations relating to adoptionE+W
(1)Section 12 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (c. 38) (independent review of determinations) is amended as follows.
(2)In subsection (1)—
(a)omit the words “a panel constituted by”;
(b)at the end insert “ by a panel constituted by that Minister ”.
(3)In paragraph (a) of subsection (3), omit the words from “(including” to the end of that paragraph.
(4)After subsection (3) insert—
“(3A)Regulations made by virtue of subsection (3)(e) may impose a duty to pay to the appropriate Minister such sum as that Minister may determine.
(3B)The appropriate Minister must secure that, taking one financial year with another, the aggregate of the sums which become payable to him under regulations made by virtue of subsection (3A) does not exceed the cost to him of performing his independent review functions.”
(5)In subsection (4) for the words “functions in relation to the panel” substitute “ independent review functions ”.
(6)After subsection (6) insert—
“(6A)Payments made by the appropriate Minister in accordance with such provision shall be taken into account in determining (for the purpose of subsection (3B)) the cost to that Minister of performing his independent review functions.”
(7)In subsection (8), after “section” insert “—
“financial year” means a period of twelve months ending with 31st March,
“independent review function” means a function conferred or imposed on an appropriate Minister by regulations made by virtue of this section”.