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SCHEDULE 23
 
  FINANCES AND PROCEDURES OF RAIL USERS' CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEES
 
Introductory
     1. Schedules 2 and 3 to the Railways Act 1993 (consultative committees and Central Committee) have effect subject to the following amendments.
 
 
Remuneration of members
     2. - (1) In paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 (remuneration of, and allowances for, chairman of consultative committees), after "chairman" insert "and other members".
 
      (2) In the heading before that paragraph for "the chairman" substitute "members".
 
      (3) After that paragraph insert-
 
 
  " 2A. If a person ceases to hold office as chairman or another member of a Rail Passengers' Committee by reason of the abolition of the Committee before his term of office would otherwise have expired, the Authority may, if it determines that there are special circumstances which make it right that he should receive compensation, pay to him such compensation as may be determined by the Authority."
 
      (4) Omit paragraph 3 of that Schedule (allowances for other members).
 
     3. - (1) In paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 (remuneration of, and allowances for, chairman of Central Committee), after "chairman" insert "and other members".
 
      (2) In the heading before that paragraph for "the chairman" substitute "members".
 
      (3) Omit paragraph 3 of that Schedule (allowances for other members).
 
 
Financial duties
     4. - (1) Paragraph 8 of Schedule 2 (financial provisions relating to consultative committees) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In sub-paragraph (1)(b), for "the committee in accordance with any statement approved under sub-paragraph (3) below" substitute "a Rail Passengers' Committee (provided that the Rail Passengers' Committee complied with their financial duties in incurring them)".
 
      (3) For sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) substitute-
 
 
    "(2) The Authority may determine the financial duties of Rail Passengers' Committees; and different determinations may be made for different functions of Rail Passengers' Committees.
 
      (3) The Authority shall give a Rail Passengers' Committee notice of every determination of their financial duties; and such a determination may-
 
 
    (a) relate to a period beginning before, on or after the date on which it is made;
 
    (b) contain supplementary provisions; and
 
    (c) be varied by a subsequent determination."
     5. - (1) Paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 (financial provisions relating to Central Committee) is amended as follows.
 
      (2) In sub-paragraph (1)(b), for "committee in accordance with any statement approved under sub-paragraph (3) below" substitute "Rail Passengers' Council (provided that the Rail Passengers' Council complied with their financial duties in incurring them)".
 
      (3) For sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) substitute-
 
 
    "(2) The Authority may determine the financial duties of the Rail Passengers' Council; and different determinations may be made for different functions of the Rail Passengers' Council.
 
      (3) The Authority shall give the Rail Passengers' Council notice of every determination of its financial duties; and such a determination may-
 
 
    (a) relate to a period beginning before, on or after the date on which it is made;
 
    (b) contain supplementary provisions; and
 
    (c) be varied by a subsequent determination."
 
Procedures
     6. In paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 2 (admission of public to meetings: items of business from which public are excluded), insert at the end "or
 
 
    (d) the circumstances are such as are specified in, or determined by resolution of a Rail Passengers' Committee in accordance with, an order made by the Secretary of State."
     7. In paragraph 6(2) of Schedule 3 (admission of public to meetings: items of business from which public are excluded), insert at the end "or
 
 
    (d) the circumstances are such as are specified in, or determined by a resolution of the Rail Passengers' Council in accordance with, an order made by the Secretary of State."
 
Sub-committees and committees
     8. In paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 2 (sub-committees of consultative committees), omit ", with the approval of the Regulator".
 
     9. In paragraph 7(1) of Schedule 3 (sub-committees of Central Committee)-
 
 
    (a) omit ", with the approval of the Regulator",
 
    (b) for "sub-committees" substitute "committees", and
 
    (c) for "sub-committee" (in both places) substitute "committee".
 
Public records
     10. In the First Schedule to the Public Records Act 1958 (definition of public records), in Part II of the Table at the end of paragraph 3 , insert (at the appropriate place in alphabetical order)-
 
 
    " ........................................Rail Passengers' Committees..................
 
      ...............................Rail Passengers' Council..................................."
 
 
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