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Session 2009/2010
Tenth Report

Report of the
Examiner of Statutory Rules
the Assembly
the Appropriate Committees

12 February 2010

Committee for Education

S.R. 2010 No. 19

Committee for Finance and Personnel

S.R. 2010 Nos. 11, 17, 18

NIA 38/09/10R

1. In accordance with the delegations in respect of the technical scrutiny of statutory rules under Standing Order 41(4)(b) (now renumbered as Standing Order 43(4)(b)) given to the Examiner of Statutory Rules by the appropriate Committees on 11, 16, 17 and 18 May 2007, I submit my report on the statutory rules listed in the Appendix.

2. My terms of reference are essentially set out in Standing Order 43(6) (taken with the delegations under Standing Order 43(4)(b)). They are as follows:

“(6) In scrutinising an instrument the appropriate Committee shall inter alia consider the instrument with a view to determining and reporting on whether it requires to be drawn to the special attention of the Assembly on any of the following grounds, namely, that –

(a) it imposes a charge on the public revenues or prescribes the amount of any such charge;

(b) it contains provisions requiring any payment to be made to any Northern Ireland department or public body in respect of any approval, authorisation, licence or consent or of any service provided or to be provided by that department or body or prescribes the amount of any such payment;

(c) the parent legislation excludes it from challenge in the courts;

(d) it purports to have retrospective effect where the parent legislation confers no express authority so to provide;

(e) there appears to have been unjustifiable delay in the publication of it or in the laying of it before the Assembly;

(f) there appears to be a doubt whether it is intra vires or it appears to make some unusual or unexpected use of the powers conferred by the parent legislation;

(g) it calls for elucidation;

(h) it appears to have defects in its drafting;

or on any other ground which does not impinge on its merits or the policy behind it.”.

Statutory rules to which attention is drawn in this report

3. I do not draw to the attention of the appropriate committees and the Assembly any of the statutory rules listed in the Appendix

W G Nabney
Examiner of Statutory Rules
12 February 2010


(The attention of the appropriate Committees and the Assembly is drawn to
those statutory rules marked in bold )

Statutory rule subject to affirmative resolution

Land Registry (Fees) Order ( Northern Ireland) 2010 (S.R. 2010/11)

The Rates (Exemption for Automatic Telling Machines in Rural Areas) Order ( Northern Ireland) 2010 (S.R. 2010/17)

Statutory rules subject to negative resolution

The Rates (Amendment) Regulations ( Northern Ireland) 2010 (S.R. 2010/18)

School Admissions (Exceptional Circumstances) Regulations ( Northern Ireland) 2010 (S.R. 2010/19)