HC Deb 22 July 1985 vol 83 cc758-9

3. The functions of the Tribunal in relation to any application made to them shall be capable of being carried out, in any place in the United Kingdom, by any two or more members of the Tribunal designated for the purpose by their President; and different members of the Tribunal may carry out functions in relation to different applications at the same time."

Mr. Waddington

I beg to move, That this House doth agree with the Lords in the said amendment.

This amendment fulfils an undertaking given in Committee in the other place to introduce a quorum for the tribunal. It means that no decisions may be taken in the name of the tribunal by fewer than two of its members. It has been necessary to recast paragraph 3 of schedule 1, but the other adjustments are essentially consequential and do not affect its substance. In particular, the president of the tribunal will, as in the original version, remain responsible for determining how business will be conducted, and so for deciding how many members in addition to the minimum two should be concerned with any particular matter.

Question put and agreed to.