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  S C H E D U L E S
 
 

 
 
 
SCHEDULE 1
 
  THE COMMISSION AND THE COUNCIL
 
Introductory
     1. The authorities for the purposes of this Schedule are the Commission, the English Council and the Welsh Council.
 
 
Status
     2. An authority is not to be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown; and an authority's property is to not to be regarded as property of, or property held on behalf of, the Crown.
 
 
General powers
     3. - (1) Subject to any directions given by the Secretary of State, an authority may do anything which appears to it to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of, or in connection with, the exercise of its functions.
 
      (2) That includes, in particular-
 
 
    (a) acquiring and disposing of land and other property; and
 
    (b) entering into contracts.
 
General duty
     4. It is the duty of an authority to carry out its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.
 
 
Membership
     5. Each authority is to consist of a chairman and other members appointed by the Secretary of State.
 
 
Appointment, procedure etc.
     6. The Secretary of State may by regulations make provision as to-
 
 
    (a) the appointment of the chairman and other members of an authority (including the number, or limits on the number, of members who may be appointed and any conditions to be fulfilled for appointment);
 
    (b) the tenure of office of the chairman and other members of an authority (including the circumstances in which they cease to hold office or may be removed or suspended from office);
 
    (c) the appointment of, constitution of and exercise of functions by committees and sub-committees of an authority (including committees and sub-committees which consist of or include persons who are not members of the authority); and
 
    (d) the procedure of an authority and any committees or sub-committees of an authority (including the validation of proceedings in the event of vacancies or defects in appointment).
 
Remuneration and allowances
     7. - (1) An authority may pay to its chairman, to any other member of the authority and to any member of a committee or sub-committee who is not a member of the authority, such remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
      (2) If the Secretary of State so determines, an authority must make provision for the payment of such pension, allowance or gratuities as the Secretary of State may determine to or in respect of a person who is or has been the chairman or any other member of an authority.
 
      (3) If the Secretary of State determines that there are special circumstances that make it right for a person ceasing to hold office as chairman of an authority to receive compensation, the authority must pay to him such compensation as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
 
Chief officer
     8. - (1) There is to be a chief officer of each authority who is to be a member of the staff of the authority and is to be responsible to the authority for the general exercise of its functions.
 
      (2) The first chief officer is to be appointed by the Secretary of State on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
      (3) Subject to paragraph 11(3), any chief officer subsequent to the first is to be appointed by the authority on such terms and conditions as the authority may determine.
 
      (4) An appointment under sub-paragraph (3) requires the approval of the Secretary of State.
 
 
Regional directors
     9. - (1) The Secretary of State may direct the Commission to appoint directors for regions specified in the direction.
 
      (2) Directors appointed under sub-paragraph (1) shall be members of the staff of the Commission and shall have such functions as may be prescribed.
 
 
Children's rights director
     10. - (1) The Commission shall appoint a children's rights director who is to be a member of the staff of the Commission.
 
      (2) The children's rights director shall have such functions as may be prescribed.
 
 
Staff
     11. - (1) An authority may appoint such other staff as it considers appropriate.
 
      (2) Subject to sub-paragraph (3), appointments under this paragraph and paragraphs 8(3), 9 and 10 are to be on such terms and conditions as the authority may determine.
 
      (3) The Secretary of State may give directions as to-
 
 
    (a) the appointment of staff under this paragraph and paragraphs 8(3), 9 and 10 (including any conditions to be fulfilled for appointment); and
 
    (b) the terms and conditions of appointment of staff under the provisions mentioned in paragraph (a).
      (4) Different directions may be given under sub-paragraph (3) in relation to different categories of staff.
 
 
Delegation of functions
     12. - (1) An authority may arrange for the discharge of any of its functions by a committee, sub-committee, member or member of staff of the authority or any other person.
 
      (2) The children's rights' director may arrange for the discharge of any of his functions by a member of staff of the authority.
 
 
Arrangements for the use of staff
     13. The Secretary of State may by regulations provide for arrangements under which-
 
 
    (a) members of staff of an authority are placed at the disposal of a prescribed person for the purpose of discharging, or assisting in the discharge of, prescribed functions of that person; or
 
    (b) members of staff of a prescribed person are placed at the disposal of an authority for the purpose of discharging, or assisting in the discharge of, any functions of the authority.
 
Training
     14. The Commission may provide training for the purpose of assisting persons to attain standards set out in any statements published by the Secretary of State under section 22.
 
 
Payments to authorities
     15. The Secretary of State may out of money provided by Parliament make payments to an authority of such amounts, at such times and on such conditions (if any) as he considers appropriate.
 
 
Fees
     16. - (1) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Commission may not, except with the consent of the Secretary of State, charge a fee in connection with the exercise of any power conferred on it by or under this Act.
 
      (2) The Commission may charge a reasonable fee determined by it-
 
 
    (a) for any advice, forms or documents provided for the assistance of a person who proposes to apply, or is considering whether to apply, for registration under Part II; and
 
    (b) for any training provided by it under paragraph 14.
      (3) The consent of the Secretary of State for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) may be given in relation to the exercise of a power either generally or in a particular case.
 
 
Accounts
     17. - (1) An authority must keep accounts in such form as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
      (2) An authority must prepare annual accounts in respect of each financial year in such form as the Secretary of State may determine.
 
      (3) An authority must send copies of the annual accounts to the Secretary of State and 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) The Comptroller and Auditor General must examine, certify and report on the annual accounts and must lay copies of the accounts and of his report before Parliament.
 
      (5) In this paragraph and paragraph 18 "financial year", in relation to an authority, means-
 
 
    (a) the period beginning with the date on which the authority is established and ending with the next 31st March following that date; and
 
    (b) each successive period of twelve months ending with 31st March.
 
Reports and other information
     18. - (1) As soon as possible after the end of each financial year, an authority must make a report to the Secretary of State on the exercise of its functions during the year.
 
      (2) An authority must provide the Secretary of State with such reports and information relating to the exercise of its functions as he may from time to time require.
 
      (3) A report made under sub-paragraph (1) must be published in a manner which the authority considers appropriate.
 
 
Application of seal and evidence
     19. The application of the seal of an authority must be authenticated by the signature-
 
 
    (a) of any member of the authority; or
 
    (b) of any other person who has been authorised by the authority (whether generally or specifically) for that purpose.
     20. A document purporting to be duly executed under the seal of an authority or to be signed on its behalf is to be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, taken to be so executed or signed.
 
 
General
     21. In Schedule 1 to the Public Records Act 1958 (definition of public records), the following entries shall be inserted at the appropriate places in Part II of the Table at the end of paragraph 3-
 
  "Care Council for Wales."
 
  "General Social Care Council."
 
  "National Care Standards Commission."
 
     22. In the Schedule to the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960 (bodies to which the Act applies), after paragraph (bc) of paragraph 1 there shall be inserted-
 
 
    "(bd) the Care Council for Wales;
 
      (be) the General Social Care Council;
 
      (bf) the National Care Standards Commission;".
 
     23. In the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967, in Schedule 2 (departments and authorities subject to investigation), the following entries shall be inserted at the appropriate places-
 
  "Care Council for Wales."
 
  "General Social Care Council."
 
  "National Care Standards Commission."
 
     24. In the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975, in Part II of Schedule 1 (bodies of which all members are disqualified), the following entries shall be inserted at the appropriate places-
 
  "The Care Council for Wales."
 
  "The General Social Care Council."
 
  "The National Care Standards Commission."
 
     25. In the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975, the same entries as are set out in paragraph 24 are inserted at the appropriate places in Part II of Schedule 1.
 
     26. Service as an employee of the Commission or the Council shall be included in the kinds of employment to which a scheme under section 1 of the Superannuation Act 1972 can apply.
 
 
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