I move amendment No. 3:

In page 5, subsection (1), line 20, to delete paragraph (c) and substitute the following:

"(c) a function which is specified as a reserved function in this Act.".

This is a technical amendment. It is designed to clarify section 3(c). It refers to reserved functions. Those are functions that are specifically conferred by the Bill on members of the board as opposed to functions conferred on the chief executive officer. Examples of functions that this Bill confers on the members of health boards are the adoption, supervision and amendment of service plans, the appointment and removal of the chief executive officer, the acquisition and disposal of assets and the borrowing of money.

Amendment agreed to.
Section 3, as amended, agreed to.
Section 4 agreed to.
Question proposed: "That section 5 stand part of the Bill."

Is there a change in this section from the original relationship between the Minister or Department and the health boards or is this just restating something which is already in health board legislation?

As I understand it, this is putting what was practice into explicit statutory form with the addition of time limits, which was not the practice.

Question put and agreed to.
Sections 6 to 8, inclusive, agreed to.