Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1983

Amendment of section 8 of Principal Act.

3.—Subject to section 8 of this Act, the following section is hereby substituted for section 8 of the Principal Act:

“8.—(1) The Commissioners shall in selecting any person to be recommended by them under this Act have regard to a competition conducted by them, and any such competition shall be so conducted in accordance with regulations made by the Commissioners.

(2) The following provisions shall apply as regards competitions conducted pursuant to this section:

(a) Subject to paragraph (d) of this subsection and section 4 (b) of the Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1983, the competition shall be open to all persons desiring to enter the competition who possess or claim to possess the prescribed qualifications for the office to which the competition relates and pay the fee (if any) prescribed by the Commissioners in respect of such competition,

(b) the competition shall, as the Commissioners may decide, consist of any one or more of the following:

(i) interview,

(ii) a written examination,

(iii) a practical examination,

(iv) any other test or tests considered by the Commissioners to be appropriate,

(c) where the competition consists of more than one of the tests specified in paragraph (b) of this subsection (whether of the same or of different classes so specified), not more than one of the tests need be competitive, and

(d) the Commissioners may make admission to any part of the competition conditional on a candidate's reaching such a standard as the Commissioners consider appropriate.

(3) The Commissioners may, after consultation with the appropriate Minister within the meaning of section 2 of the Local Authorities (Officers and Employees) Act, 1983, make regulations for the conduct (including, where the Commissioners consider them to be applicable, the time and place and subjects) of competitions to be held by them for the purposes of this section, and such regulations may relate to one or more classes of such competitions or to any particular such competition or competitions.

(4) Nothing in this section shall be construed as affecting the provisions of section 5 of this Act.”.