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Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill


Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill
Part 1 — Sports Grounds Safety Authority

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A

Bill

To

Confer further powers on the Football Licensing Authority and to amend its

name; and for connected purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

Part 1

Sports Grounds Safety Authority

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Football Licensing Authority to become Sports Grounds Safety Authority

(1)   

The body established by section 8 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Football Spectators

Act 1989—

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(a)   

is to continue in being, but

(b)   

instead of being called the Football Licensing Authority is to be called

the Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

(2)   

Schedule 1 contains further provisions relating to the Authority.

(3)   

The expenses of the Authority are to be paid by the Secretary of State.

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Advice to Ministers of the Crown

(1)   

The Authority—

(a)   

may provide relevant advice to a Minister of the Crown, and

(b)   

if requested to do so by a Minister of the Crown, must provide relevant

advice to that Minister.

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(2)   

“Relevant advice” means—

(a)   

advice in relation to safety at sports grounds generally, or

(b)   

advice with respect to the exercise of any of the functions of the

Minister in question under the enactments specified in subsection (3).

(3)   

The enactments are—

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(a)   

the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975,

(b)   

Part 3 of the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 (safety of

stands at sports grounds), and

(c)   

the Football Spectators Act 1989.

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Advice to bodies  or persons in England and Wales

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(1)   

The Authority may provide advice relating to safety at sports grounds in

England or Wales to—

(a)   

local authorities, or

(b)   

subject to subsection (2), other bodies or persons.

(2)   

The Authority may not under subsection (1) provide advice to—

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(a)   

a Minister of the Crown, or

(b)   

a body or person specified in section 4(1)(a), (b) or (c).

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Advice to bodies or persons outside England and Wales

(1)   

The Authority may, if the conditions in subsection (2) are met, provide advice

relating to the safety of sports grounds to—

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(a)   

the government of a territory outside the United Kingdom,

(b)   

an international organisation, or

(c)   

a body or person not falling within paragraph (a) or (b) whose

functions, activities or responsibilities relate in whole or in part to the

safety of sports grounds outside England and Wales.

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(2)   

The conditions are that—

(a)   

the provision of the advice is at the request of the body or person

concerned, and

(b)   

the Secretary of State consents to the provision of the advice.

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Supplementary

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(1)   

The Authority may, with the consent of the Secretary of State, charge a fee for

the provision of advice under—

(a)   

section 4 (advice to bodies or persons outside England and Wales), or

(b)   

if the advice is provided at the request of the recipient, section 3 (advice

to bodies or persons in England and Wales).

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(2)   

A fee charged under subsection (1) must not exceed the cost of providing the

advice.

(3)   

Fees received by the Authority by virtue of subsection (1) are to be treated for

the purposes of section 1(3) as reducing the expenses of the Authority.

(4)   

A consent under section 4(2)(b) or subsection (1) may be given—

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(a)   

generally,

(b)   

in relation to any particular advice, or

(c)   

in relation to advice of a particular description.

(5)   

In this Part—

(a)   

“local authority” and “sports ground” have the same meaning as in the

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Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975 (see section 17(1) of that Act), and

 
 

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(b)   

“Minister of the Crown” has the same meaning as in the Ministers of the

Crown Act 1975.

Part 2

Supplementary

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Consequential amendments etc.

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(1)   

Schedule 2 contains consequential amendments.

(2)   

Schedule 3 contains repeals and revocations.

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Extent

(1)   

This Act extends to England and Wales only (subject to subsection (2)).

(2)   

An amendment or repeal of a provision by Schedule 2 (consequential

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amendments) or 3 (repeals and revocations) has the same extent as that

provision.

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Commencement

(1)   

Part 1 and the Schedules come into force on such day as the Secretary of State

may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.

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(2)   

Such an order may—

(a)   

appoint different days for different purposes;

(b)   

include transitional or saving provisions.

(3)   

This Part comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

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Short title

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This Act may be cited as the Sports Grounds Safety Authority Act 2011.

 
 

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Schedule 1 — The Sports Grounds Safety Authority

 

Schedules

Schedule 1

Section 1

 

The Sports Grounds Safety Authority

Status and capacity

1     (1)  

The Authority is a body corporate.

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      (2)  

The Authority is not to be regarded—

(a)   

as the servant or agent of the Crown, or

(b)   

as enjoying any status, privilege or immunity of the Crown;

           

and the Authority’s property is not to be regarded as property of, or

property held on behalf of, the Crown.

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      (3)  

The Authority may do anything which is calculated to facilitate the

discharge of its functions, or is incidental or conducive to their discharge.

Membership

2          

The Authority is to consist of—

(a)   

a person appointed by the Secretary of State to chair the Authority,

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and

(b)   

at least 4 but not more than 8 other members appointed by the

Secretary of State.

Appointment and tenure of members

3     (1)  

Before appointing a person to be a member of the Authority, the Secretary of

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State must be satisfied that the person will have no such financial or other

interest as is likely to affect prejudicially the performance of the person’s

functions as a member.

      (2)  

From time to time the Secretary of State must check that each member has

no such interest.

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4          

A person who is, or whom the Secretary of State proposes to appoint to be,

a member of the Authority must, whenever requested by the Secretary of

State to do so, supply the Secretary of State with such information as the

Secretary of State considers necessary for the performance of the duties

under paragraph 3.

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5          

Subject to the following provisions of this Schedule, a person appointed

under paragraph 2 holds and vacates office in accordance with the terms of

the appointment.

6          

A person is not to be appointed as a member of the Authority for more than

3 years at a time.

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7          

A person may at any time resign office—

(a)   

as chair of the Authority, or

(b)   

as a member of the Authority,

           

by giving the Secretary of State signed notice in writing.

8          

Where a member begins or ceases to hold office as chair of the Authority, the

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Secretary of State may vary the terms of the person’s appointment as a

member of the Authority so as to alter the date on which the person is to

vacate office as a member.

9     (1)  

The Secretary of State may declare a person’s office as a member of the

Authority vacant if satisfied that the person—

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(a)   

has been absent from meetings of the Authority for a period longer

than 3 consecutive months without the permission of the Authority,

(b)   

has become bankrupt or made an arrangement with creditors, or

(c)   

is unable or unfit to discharge the functions of a member;

           

and on making such a declaration the office becomes vacant.

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      (2)  

A declaration under sub-paragraph (1) may be notified in such manner as

the Secretary of State thinks fit.

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A person who ceases to be a member or to hold office as chair of the

Authority is eligible for re-appointment.

Remuneration and pensions of members

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11         

The Authority may pay to each member such remuneration and allowances

as the Secretary of State may determine.

12         

The Authority may pay, or make provision for paying, to or in respect of any

member such sums by way of pensions, allowances or gratuities as the

Secretary of State may determine.

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13    (1)  

Sub-paragraph (2) applies if—

(a)   

a person ceases to be a member otherwise than on the expiry of the

term of office, and

(b)   

it appears to the Secretary of State that there are special

circumstances which make it right for the person to receive

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compensation.

      (2)  

The Authority may make to the person a payment of such amount as the

Secretary of State may determine.

Proceedings

14         

The quorum of the Authority and the arrangements relating to its meetings

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are to be such as the Authority may determine.

15    (1)  

This paragraph applies if a member of the Authority is in any way directly

or indirectly interested in any matter which falls to be considered by the

Authority.

      (2)  

The member—

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(a)   

must disclose the nature of the interest at a meeting of the Authority,

and

 
 

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(b)   

must not take part after the disclosure in any deliberation or decision

with respect to the matter.

      (3)  

The disclosure must be recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

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The validity of any proceedings of the Authority is not affected by—

(a)   

a vacancy among the members,

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(b)   

a defect in the appointment of a member, or

(c)   

a failure to comply with paragraph 15.

Inspectors, officers and other employees

17         

The Authority may appoint inspectors to perform such functions as are

assigned to them by or under Part 1 of the Football Spectators Act 1989 (c.37)

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or any other enactment.

18         

The Authority may appoint a secretary and such other officers, and take into

its employment such other persons, as it may determine.

19         

The terms and conditions of appointments under paragraphs 17 and 18

require the approval of the Secretary of State.

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20         

The Authority must, as regards such of its inspectors, officers and other

employees as with the approval of the Secretary of State it may determine—

(a)   

pay to or in respect of them such pensions, allowances or gratuities

(including pensions, allowances or gratuities by way of

compensation for loss of employment), or

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(b)   

provide and maintain for them such pension schemes (whether

contributory or not), as may be so determined.

21    (1)  

Sub-paragraph (2) applies if an inspector, officer or other employee of the

Authority—

(a)   

is a participant in any pension scheme applicable to that

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employment, and

(b)   

becomes a member of the Authority.

      (2)  

If the Secretary of State so determines, the member may be treated for the

purposes of the pension scheme as if service as a member of the Authority

were service as an employee of the Authority.

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      (3)  

For the purposes of sub-paragraph (2), it does not matter whether any

payments are to be made to or in respect of the member by virtue of

paragraph 11 or 12.

Accounts and audit

22         

The Authority—

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(a)   

must keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the

accounts, and

(b)   

must prepare for each accounting year a statement of accounts in

such form as the Secretary of State, with the approval of the

Treasury, may direct.

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23         

The Authority must send a copy of the statement of accounts to the

Comptroller and Auditor General as soon as reasonably practicable after the

end of the accounting year to which the statement relates.

 
 

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The Comptroller and Auditor General must—

(a)   

examine, certify and report on each statement of accounts sent under

paragraph 23, and

(b)   

lay before Parliament a copy of the statement and the Comptroller

and Auditor General’s report on it.

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25         

The Comptroller and Auditor General may inspect any records relating to

the accounts.

26         

In paragraphs 22 and 23, “accounting year” means any period of 12 months

ending with 31 March.

Authentication of Authority’s seal

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27         

The application of the seal of the Authority is authenticated by the

signatures of—

(a)   

the person chairing the Authority or some other person authorised

by the Authority to act for that purpose, and

(b)   

one other member.

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Presumption of authenticity of documents issued by Authority

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Any document purporting to be an instrument issued by the Authority and

to be sealed in accordance with paragraph 27, or to be signed on behalf of the

Authority, is to be received in evidence and treated as such an instrument

without further proof unless the contrary is shown.

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Schedule 2

Section 6

 

Consequential amendments

Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (c. 13)

1          

In Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 (departments etc.

subject to investigation), omit the entry relating to the Football Licensing

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Authority and insert at the appropriate place—

“Sports Grounds Safety Authority.”

Superannuation Act 1972 (c. 11)

2          

In Schedule 1 to the Superannuation Act 1972 (kinds of employment etc.

referred to in section 1), for “Football Licensing Authority” (in both places)

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substitute “Sports Grounds Safety Authority”.

House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (c. 24)

3          

In Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975

(other disqualifying offices), omit the entry relating to the Chairman of the

Football Licensing Authority and insert at the appropriate place—

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“Person appointed to chair the Sports Grounds Safety

Authority.”

 
 

 
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