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  S C H E D U L E S

Tenure of office
     1. - (1) Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, the President of appeal tribunals shall hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.
      (2) The President shall vacate his office on the day on which he attains the age of 70, but subject to section 26(4) to (6) of the Judicial Pensions and Retirement Act 1993 (power to authorise continuance in office up to the age of 75).
      (3) The President may be removed from office by the Lord Chancellor on the ground of incapacity or misbehaviour.
      (4) Where the Lord Chancellor proposes to exercise a power conferred on him by sub-paragraph (3) above, it shall be his duty to consult the Lord Advocate with respect to the proposal.
Remuneration etc.
     2. The Secretary of State may pay, or make such payments towards the provision of, such remuneration, pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of the President as he may determine.
     3. The Secretary of State may pay, or make such payments towards the provision of, such remuneration, pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of any person appointed under this Chapter to act as a member of an appeal tribunal, or as an expert to such a tribunal, as he may determine.
     4. - (1) The Secretary of State may pay-
    (a) to any person required to attend at any proceedings under section 13 of this Act or section 20 of the Child Support Act; or
    (b) to any person required under this Part (whether for the purposes of this Part or otherwise) to attend for or to submit himself to medical or other examination or treatment,
  such travelling and other allowances as he may determine.
      (2) In this paragraph references to travelling and other allowances include references to compensation for loss of remunerative time but such compensation shall not be paid to any person in respect of any time during which he is in receipt of remuneration under paragraph 3 above.
     5. - (1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2) below, the Secretary of State may pay such other expenses in connection with the work of any person or tribunal appointed or constituted under any provision of this Part as he may determine.
      (2) Expenses are not payable under sub-paragraph (1) above in connection with the work of a tribunal presided over by a Social Security Commissioner.
Officers and staff
     6. The Secretary of State may appoint such officers and staff as he thinks fit for the President and for appeal tribunals.
Functions of President
     7. The President shall ensure that appropriate steps are taken by an appeal tribunal to secure the confidentiality, in such circumstances as may be prescribed, of any prescribed material or any prescribed classes or categories of material.
     8. - (1) The President shall, after the requisite consultation, arrange such training for persons appointed to the panels as he considers appropriate.
      (2) In sub-paragraph (1) above "the requisite consultation" means-
    (a) except in the case of medical practitioners, consultation with the Secretary of State;
    (b) in the case of such practitioners, consultation with the Chief Medical Officers of the Department of Health, the Welsh Office and the Scottish Office.
     9. The President shall supply the Secretary of State with such reports and other information with respect to the carrying out of the functions of appeal tribunals as the Secretary of State may require.
Clerks to appeal tribunals
     10. The Secretary of State may by regulations provide-
    (a) for clerks to be assigned to service appeal tribunals; and
    (b) for clerks so assigned to be responsible for summoning members of the panels to serve on such tribunals.
Delegation of certain functions of appeal tribunals
     11. - (1) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide-
    (a) for officers authorised by the Secretary of State to make any determinations which fall to be made by an appeal tribunal and which do not involve the determination of any appeal, application for leave to appeal or reference;
    (b) for the procedure to be followed by such officers in making such determinations;
    (c) for the manner in which such determinations by such officers may be called in question.
      (2) A determination which would have the effect of preventing an appeal, application for leave to appeal or reference being determined by an appeal tribunal is not a determination of the appeal, application or reference for the purposes of sub-paragraph (1) above.
     12. A document bearing a certificate which-
    (a) is signed by a person authorised in that behalf by the Secretary of State; and
    (b) states that the document, apart from the certificate, is a record of a decision of an appeal tribunal or of an officer of the Secretary of State,
  shall be conclusive evidence of the decision; and a certificate purporting to be so signed shall be deemed to be so signed unless the contrary is proved.
     13. In this Schedule "the panels" means the panels constituted under sections 6 and 7 of this Act.
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