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(1)The Welsh Ministers must, by order, establish a panel to be known as the Agricultural Advisory Panel for Wales (“the Panel”) to carry out the functions listed in subsection (2).
(2)The functions are—
(a)promoting careers in agriculture;
(b)preparing agricultural wages orders in draft, consulting on such orders and submitting them to the Welsh Ministers for approval;
(c)advising the Welsh Ministers on such other matters relating to the agricultural sector in Wales as the Welsh Ministers may require;
(d)such other functions as the Welsh Ministers may specify in the order.
(3)The Panel is to consist of—
(a)a member to chair the Panel, and
(b)at least 3, but not more than 10, other members.
(4)In exercising any functions in relation to the membership of the Panel, the Welsh Ministers must seek to ensure that the membership—
(a)includes persons with the skills and expertise necessary to enable the Panel to perform its functions efficiently and effectively, and
(b)adequately reflects the interests of all parts of the agricultural sector.
(5)The Welsh Ministers may, by order, make provision—
(a)about the constitution and proceedings of the Panel;
(b)about the appointment of members to the Panel;
(c)about the general powers of the Panel;
(d)adding, amending or removing functions of the Panel.
(6)Before making an order under this section the Welsh Ministers must consult such persons as they consider appropriate.
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