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     1. In this Schedule-
    "committee" means a school organisation committee;
    "the relevant authority", in the case of any such committee, means the local education authority by whom the committee are established.
Election of chairmen and appointment of members
     2. Regulations may make provision with respect to-
    (a) the election by a committee of one of their number to be chairman, and one to be vice-chairman, of the committee;
    (b) the period for which the chairman and vice-chairman are to be elected; and
    (c) the appointment and tenure of office of, and the vacation of office by, members of a committee.
Allowances for members
     3. - (1) A committee-
    (a) shall be included in the bodies to which section 174 of the Local Government Act 1972 (travelling and subsistence allowances) applies; and
    (b) for the purpose of the payment of financial loss allowance under section 173(4) of that Act to members of the committee, shall be included among the bodies to which section 173 applies.
      (2) In section 174(1) of that Act, in its application to a committee in accordance with sub-paragraph (1)(a), the reference to payments at rates determined by the body in question shall be read as a reference to payments at rates determined by the relevant authority.
Financial and other assistance by LEA
     4. - (1) The relevant authority in the case of a committee shall-
    (a) defray the expenses of the committee in accordance with sub-paragraphs (2) to (5); and
    (b) make arrangements for it to be provided with accommodation and with such services as the authority consider appropriate.
      (2) Before the beginning of each financial year a committee shall submit to the relevant authority a statement of the estimated expenses of the committee in respect of that year (including estimates of any allowances payable to their members by virtue of paragraph 3).
      (3) Where they have received such a statement the relevant authority shall approve it, either without modification or with such modifications as they may specify.
      (4) Once they have approved the statement under sub-paragraph (3) the relevant authority shall (subject to sub-paragraphs (5) and (6)) defray the expenses of the committee, in respect of the financial year in question, up to the total amount of the expenses set out in the statement as so approved.
      (5) The relevant authority are not required by sub-paragraph (4) to defray any expenses of the committee which do not relate to an activity of the committee mentioned in the statement.
      (6) If they consider it appropriate to do so, the relevant authority may-
    (a) defray the expenses of the committee in respect of a financial year up to an amount which exceeds the total amount referred to in sub-paragraph (4);
    (b) defray any expenses of the committee to which sub-paragraph (5) applies.
     5. - (1) Regulations may make provision as to the meetings and proceedings of a committee.
      (2) Regulations under this paragraph may in particular-
    (a) provide that, in any prescribed circumstances, the members within each category of members of a committee are to have collectively a single vote;
    (b) require all decisions of a prescribed description which are taken by a committee (in accordance with regulations made by virtue of paragraph (a)) to be unanimous decisions.
     6. The validity of any proceedings of a committee shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members or by any defect in the appointment of a member.
     7. Subject to any provision made by or under this Schedule, a committee may regulate their own procedure.
     8. The relevant authority in the case of a committee shall indemnify the members of the committee against any reasonable legal costs and expenses reasonably incurred by those members in connection with any decision or action taken by them in good faith in pursuance of their functions as members of the committee.
Default powers of Secretary of State
     9. Each of sections 496 and 497 of the Education Act 1996 (default powers of Secretary of State) shall apply in relation to a committee as it applies in relation to a body falling within subsection (2) of that section.
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