Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act 2005

Amendment of section 11 (meetings and procedures of Committees) of Principal Act.

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6.—Section 11 of the Principal Act is amended—

( a) in subsection (3)—

(i) by substituting the following paragraph for paragraph ( a):

“( a) A meeting of the Investigation Committee, or a part of such a meeting, at which evidence relating to particular instances of alleged abuse of children is being given may, if the Committee considers it appropriate, having had regard to the desirability of holding such meetings otherwise than in public, be held in public.”,

and

(ii) by inserting the following paragraph after paragraph ( b):

“( c) A meeting of the Investigation Committee, or a part of such a meeting, at which evidence relating to particular instances of alleged abuse of children is being given may, if the Committee considers it appropriate, be held otherwise than in public but with such access thereto as may be determined by the Committee by such persons as are deemed by the Committee to have a sufficient interest in the meeting.”,

and

( b) in subsection (6), by substituting the following paragraph for paragraph ( a):

“( a) A Committee may, if and whenever the Chairperson so determines, act in divisions each of which shall consist of such member or members of that Committee as the Chairperson may determine.”.