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Delegation

  12      (1)      The Service may, to such extent as it may determine, delegate any of its

functions to any committee of the Service or to any employee of the Service.

          (2)      Any such committee may, to such extent as it may determine, delegate any

function conferred on it to any of its sub-committees or to any employee of

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the Service.

          (3)      Any sub-committee of the Service may, to such extent as the sub-committee

may determine, delegate any function conferred on the sub-committee to

any employee of the Service.

          (4)      A delegation under this paragraph shall be made in writing.

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Members’ interests

  13      (1)      A member of the Service who is in any way directly or indirectly interested

in any matter that is brought up for consideration at a meeting of the Service

shall disclose the nature of his interest to the meeting; and, where such a

disclosure is made—

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              (a)             the disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting, and

              (b)             the member shall not take any part in any deliberation or decision of

the Service with respect to that matter.

          (2)      If a member is not present at a meeting at which a matter in which he is

interested is brought up for consideration, sub-paragraph (1) shall only

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apply to him if he was aware of the fact that the matter would be brought up

for consideration at the meeting.

          (3)      For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), a general notification given at a

meeting of the Service by a member to the effect that he—

              (a)             has an interest in a specified company, firm or other organisation,

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and

              (b)             is to be regarded as interested in any matter involving that company,

firm or other organisation,

                   shall be regarded as sufficient disclosure of his interest in relation to any

such matter.

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          (4)      A member need not attend in person at a meeting in order to make a

disclosure which he is required to make under this paragraph if he takes

reasonable steps to secure that the disclosure is made by a notice which is

read and considered at the meeting.

          (5)      The Secretary of State may remove a disability under this paragraph subject

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to such conditions as he considers appropriate.

          (6)      The power of the Secretary of State under sub-paragraph (5) includes power

to remove, either indefinitely or for any period, a disability which would

otherwise attach to any member, or members of any description, by reason

of such interests, and in respect of such matters, as may be specified or

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described by the Secretary of State.

          (7)      Nothing in this paragraph precludes any member from taking part in the

consideration or discussion of, or voting on, any question whether any

application should be made to the Secretary of State for the exercise of the

power conferred by sub-paragraph (5).

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  14      (1)      Paragraph 13 shall apply in relation to meetings of a committee or sub-

committee of the Service as it applies in relation to meetings of the Service.

          (2)      In the application of paragraph 13 by virtue of this paragraph, references to

a member of the Service shall be read as references to a member of a

committee or sub-committee of the Service.

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Vacancies and defective appointments

  15       The validity of any proceedings of the Service shall not be affected by a

vacancy amongst the members or by a defect in the appointment of a

member.

Minutes

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  16      (1)      Minutes shall be kept of proceedings of the Service and of the committees

and sub-committees of the Service.

          (2)      Minutes of any such proceedings shall be evidence of those proceedings if

they are signed by the person purporting to have acted as chairman of the

proceedings to which the minutes relate or of any subsequent proceedings

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in the course of which the minutes were approved as a correct record.

          (3)      Where minutes of any such proceedings have been signed as mentioned in

sub-paragraph (2), those proceedings shall, unless the contrary is shown, be

deemed to have been validly convened and constituted.

Execution and proof of instruments

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  17      (1)      The application of the seal of the Service shall be authenticated by the

signature of any member or employee of the Service who has been

authorised for the purpose by the Service, whether generally or specially.

          (2)      Any document which the Service is authorised or required by or under any

enactment to serve, make or issue may be signed on behalf of the Service by

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any member or employee of the Service who has been authorised for the

purpose by the Service, whether generally or specially.

          (3)      Every document purporting to be an instrument made or issued by or on

behalf of the Service and to be duly executed under the seal of the Service,

or to be signed or executed by a person authorised by the Service for the

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purpose, shall be received in evidence and be treated, without further proof,

as being so made or issued unless the contrary is shown.

          (4)      In sub-paragraph (1), the reference to the signature of a person includes a

reference to a facsimile of a signature by whatever process reproduced, and

“signed” in sub-paragraphs (2) and (3) shall be read accordingly.

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Money

  18      (1)      The Secretary of State may pay grants and make loans to the Service.

          (2)      The Service shall not otherwise borrow money except with the consent of the

Secretary of State.

  19       The Service shall comply with any notice given by the Secretary of State with

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the approval of the Treasury requiring it to perform duties of a financial

nature specified in the notice.

 

 

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  20      (1)      The Service shall—

              (a)             keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts,

and

              (b)             prepare, in respect of each financial year, a statement of accounts

giving a true and fair view of the state of affairs and the income and

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expenditure of the Service.

          (2)      The statement of accounts shall comply with any requirement which the

Secretary of State has, with the approval of the Treasury, notified to the

Service.

          (3)      The Service shall send each statement of accounts of the Service to the

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Secretary of State and to the Comptroller and Auditor General within such

period after the end of the financial year to which it relates as the Secretary

of State may specify by notice given to the Service.

          (4)      The Comptroller and Auditor General shall—

              (a)             examine, certify and report on each statement of accounts received

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by him under sub-paragraph (3), and

              (b)             lay a copy of each such statement of accounts, and of his report on it,

before each House of Parliament.

          (5)      For the purpose of exercising his examination function in relation to a

statement of accounts, the Comptroller and Auditor General—

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              (a)             shall have a right of access at all reasonable times to any documents

which he reasonably requires for that purpose and which are in the

custody or under the control of the Service;

              (b)             shall have a right to require from any person holding or accountable

for any of those documents any assistance, information or

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explanation which he reasonably thinks necessary for that purpose.

          (6)      The right of access to documents conferred by sub-paragraph (5)(a) includes

a right to take copies of or make extracts from documents.

          (7)      A reference in sub-paragraphs (5) and (6) to documents includes a reference

to information recorded in any form; and in the case of information recorded

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otherwise than in a legible form the right of access conferred by sub-

paragraph (5)(a) includes a right of access to, and to take copies of, that

information in a legible form.

The Public Records Act 1958 (c. 51)

  21       In Schedule 1 to the Public Records Act 1958 (definition of public records),

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in Part 2 of the Table at the end of paragraph 3 there is inserted at the

appropriate place—

                    “Valuation Tribunal Service.”

The Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c. 13)

  22       In Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments

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and authorities subject to investigation), the following entry is inserted at the

appropriate place—

                    “Valuation Tribunal Service.”

 

 

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The House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24)

  23       In Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975

(bodies of which all members are disqualified), the following entry is

inserted at the appropriate place—

                    “The Valuation Tribunal Service.”

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The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (c. 36)

  24       In Part 6 of Schedule 1 to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (public

authorities) there is inserted at the appropriate place—

                    “The Valuation Tribunal Service.”

The Enterprise Act 2002 (c. 40)

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  25      (1)                        Paragraph 2(1)(c), (2) and (3) shall be taken to be within the definition of

“provision” in section 268 of the Enterprise Act 2002 (power to remove

bankruptcy disqualifications under pre-8th November 2002 provisions or

extend them to, or replace them with disqualifications of, persons subject to

bankruptcy restrictions regimes).

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          (2)               That section shall apply in relation to paragraph 2(1)(c), (2) and (3) as if—

              (a)             subsections (5)(d), (6) to (8) and (15) (power to make application of

disqualification provision subject to person’s discretion) were

omitted, and

              (b)             for subsection (13) (orders under section to be made by statutory

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instrument after parliamentary approval of a draft) there were

substituted—

                    “(13)                      An order under this section—

                           (a)                          must be made by statutory instrument, and

                           (b)                          shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a

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resolution of either House of Parliament.”

Status

  26      (1)      The Service is not to be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown, or as

enjoying any status, privilege or immunity of the Crown.

          (2)      The property of the Service is not to be regarded as property of, or property

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held on behalf of, the Crown.

Interpretation

  27       In this Schedule—

                    “delegate” includes further delegate;

                    “financial year” means—

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                    (a)                   the period beginning with the day on which section 104

comes into force and ending with the next 31st March, and

                    (b)                   any subsequent period of 12 months beginning with 1st

April.

 

 

 
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