A senior staff committee will consist of such FSA staff members as the FSA's senior executive committee may from time to time determine. The FSA's senior executive committee may authorise the chairman of a senior staff committee to select its other members. A senior staff committee is accountable for its decisions to the FSA's senior executive committee and, through it, to the FSA Board.
A senior staff committee may operate through standing or specific sub-committees to consider particular decisions or classes of decision, for which accountability will lie through the committee. Each meeting of a senior staff committee, or sub-committee, will include:
Statutory notice decisions to be taken under executive procedures, and not falling within the responsibility of a senior staff committee, will be taken by an individual FSA staff member. The decision will be:
made by an executive director of the FSA Board or his delegate (who will be of at least the level of associate);
on the recommendation of an FSA staff member of at least the level of associate; and
with the benefit of legal advice from an FSA staff member of at least the level of associate.
An FSA staff member who considers that a statutory notice decision should be taken above his own level is free to refer that decision to a more senior level. If an FSA staff member consults another staff member about a decision, the decision remains the independent decision of the FSA staff member who consults his colleague, unless it is agreed that the decision should instead be taken by the colleague, and the colleague has the delegated authority to do so.
If an individual responsible for a decision under executive procedures (or a more senior FSA staff member with responsibilities in relation to the decision concerned) considers that it warrants collective consideration, the individual may:
FSAstaff are required by their contract of employment to comply with a code of conduct which imposes strict rules to cover the handling of conflicts of interest which may arise from personal interests or associations. FSA staff subject to a conflict of interest must declare that interest to the person to whom they are immediately responsible for a decision.
If a member of a senior staff committee has a potential conflict of interest in any matter in which he is asked to participate he will disclose the conflict to the secretariat of the senior staff committee, and disclose it:
in the case of the chairman of the senior staff committee, to a member of the FSA's senior executive committee or, if the person with the conflict is the chairman of the FSA's senior executive committee, to the Chairman of the FSA;
in the case of the deputy chairman of the senior staff committee, to the chairman of the committee, or if he is unavailable, to a member of the FSA's senior executive committee;
in the case of any other member to the chairman or deputy chairman of the senior staff committee.
If the person to whom the conflict has been disclosed in accordance with DEPP 4.1.11 G (2) considers it reasonable and appropriate, he will require the member of the senior staff committee to stand down from consideration of the matter.
The procedure for taking decisions under executive procedures will generally be less formal and structured than that for decisions by the RDC. Broadly, however, FSA staff responsible for taking statutory notice decisions under executive procedures will follow a procedure similar to that described at DEPP 3.2.7 G to DEPP 3.2.27 G for the RDC except that:
in a case where the decision will be taken by a senior staff committee:
the FSA will not normally disclose the communications between the FSA staff recommending that action be taken and those responsible for the decision to give the statutory notice unless the FSA has stated publicly that it will adopt a practice of disclosing such communications, or a class of communications, in respect of particular categories of decision taken by FSA staff under executive procedures; and