BYE-LAW 12.         EMERGENCY DECISIONS

12.1           Power of Executive Committee to make emergency decisions

12.1.1        Between Council Meetings, the Executive Committee may deal with any emergency matters or otherwise matters of an urgent nature that would ordinarily be dealt with by Council under Bye-Law 9.4 in accordance with the procedure set out in this Bye-Law 12 (excluding changes to the Bye-Laws).

12.1.2        Decisions taken by the Executive Committee pursuant to this Bye-Law 12 shall only have effect until the next Council meeting at which the Executive Committee shall report to the Council with respect to the emergency or urgent nature of the matter and the decision taken.  Council may ratify the decision or substitute its own decision in its discretion save that where any decision being ratified relates to a change of the Laws or Regulations such decision would require the minimum number of votes from Council as applicable pursuant to Bye-Law 9.7. 

12.2           Emergency decisions which do not require a change of Law or Regulation

The Executive Committee may make decisions in relation to any emergency and/or urgent matter that would ordinarily be within the purview of Council under Bye-Law 9.4 (excluding changes to the Bye-Laws, Laws or Regulations) as it sees fit by simple majority.

12.3           Emergency decisions which require a change of Law

Subject to Bye-Law 5(c) and (d), the Executive Committee may make decisions in relation to any genuine emergency and/or urgent matter which relates to a Law(s) which cannot properly be held over until the next Council meeting and which have the support of each of the Chairman, the Rugby Committee Chairman and the Chief Executive and a three-quarters majority of the Executive Committee. 

12.4            Emergency decisions which require a change of the Regulations Relating to the Game

The Executive Committee may make decisions in relation to any genuine emergency and/or urgent matter which relates to a Regulation(s) Relating to the Game which cannot properly be held over until the next Council meeting and which have the support of each of the Chairman, the Regulations Committee Chairman and the Chief Executive and a three-quarters majority of the Executive Committee. 

12.5            Emergency decisions which require a change of the General Regulations

The Executive Committee may make decisions in relation to any genuine emergency and/or urgent matter which relates to a General Regulation(s) which cannot properly be held over until the next Council meeting and which have the support of each of the Chairman, the Regulations Committee Chairman and the Chief Executive and a simple majority of the Executive Committee.