Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Fourteenth Report


APPENDIX 4

Memorandum by the Home Office

Local Probation Boards (Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/786)

1. The Committee has requested a memorandum on the following point:

    Paragraph (3) of regulation 7 provides that an audit committee shall have a maximum of 6 members, of whom at least 4 shall also be members of the local probation board. Is this intended to mean that (a) 6 (but not more than 6) members must be appointed, or (b) at least 3 (that being the quorum of the committee: paragraph (4) as substituted by regulation 7(2) of S.I. 2001/1035)), but not more than 6, members must be appointed. If (b) is the intended sense explain how many members must also be members of the local probation board in a case where 3, 4 or 5 members are appointed to the committee.

2. By this regulation it is intended that the maximum number of members of the audit committee should be 6. It is also intended that there should always be at least 4 members of the local probation board on that committee. In effect therefore the minimum number of members of the committee is 4 and in such a case they must all be members of the local probation board. At least 3 members of the committee (whether they be members of the local board or not) are required to attend its meetings in order for it to be quorate.

2 April 2001


 
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