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1(1)The [F1Service] shall be a body corporate.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)The [F1Service] shall not be treated for the purposes of the enactments and rules of law relating to the privileges of the Crown as a body exercising functions on behalf of the Crown.
(3)It shall be within the capacity of the [F1Service] as a statutory corporation to do such things and enter into such transactions as are incidental or conducive to the discharge of their functions under section 183 of this Act.
[F3(1A)A person is not to be appointed as a member of the Service for a term of more than four years (but a person so appointed shall be eligible for re-appointment at the end of his term of office).]
(3)[F4OFCOM] may pay to each member such remuneration and allowances as they may determine.
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(2)The arrangements may, with the approval of [F4OFCOM] , provide for the discharge, under the general direction of the [F1Service] , of any of the [F1Service] ’s functions by a committee or by one or more of the members or employees of the [F1Service] .
5(1)A member who is in any way directly or indirectly interested in any matter that is brought up for consideration at a meeting of the [F1Service] shall disclose the nature of his interest to the meeting; and, where such a disclosure is made—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)the disclosure shall be recorded in the minutes of the meeting, and
(b)(subject to sub-paragraph (2)) the member shall not take any part in any deliberation or decision of the [F1Service] , or of any of their committees, with respect to that matter.
(2)Sub-paragraph (1)(b) shall not apply in relation to any meeting of the [F1Service] at which all of the other members present resolve that the member’s interest should be disregarded for the purposes of that provision.
(3)For the purposes of sub-paragraph (1), a general notification given at a meeting of the [F1Service] by a member to the effect that he is a member of a specified company or firm and is to be regarded as interested in any matter involving that company or firm shall be regarded as a sufficient disclosure of his interest in relation to any such matter.
(4)A member need not attend in person at a meeting of the [F1Service] in order to make a disclosure which he is required to make under this paragraph if he takes reasonable steps to secure that the disclosure is made by a notice which is taken into consideration and read at the meeting.
(5)In this paragraph references to a meeting of the [F1Service] include references to a meeting of any of their committees.
6The validity of any proceedings of the [F1Service] shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members or by any defect in the appointment of a member or by any failure to comply with the requirements of paragraph 5.
(2)If the [F1Service] determine to do so in the case of any of their employees, the [F1Service] shall pay to or in respect of those employees such pensions, allowances or gratuities, or provide and maintain for them such pension schemes (whether contributory or not), as the [F1Service] may determine.
[F6(4)A person who is an employee of the Service is not to be eligible to be appointed as a member of the Service.]
8There shall be defrayed out of the [F7Gaelic Broadcasting Fund]—
(a)any expenses incurred by [F4OFCOM] —
(i)by virtue of paragraph 2,
(iii)in connection with providing the [F1Service] with office accommodation or other facilities;
(b)any expenses incurred by the [F1Service] by virtue of paragraph 7; and
[F98A(1)The Service must pay all their receipts to OFCOM.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)OFCOM must hold amounts received by them under this paragraph to the credit of the Gaelic Broadcasting Fund (and, accordingly, those amounts are not to be regarded as forming part of OFCOM’s revenues).]
9The application of the seal of the [F1Service] shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairman or of some other person authorised for the purpose.
10Any document purporting to be an instrument issued by the [F1Service] and to be duly executed under the seal of the [F1Service] or to be signed on behalf of the [F1Service] shall be received in evidence and shall be deemed to be such an instrument unless the contrary is shown.
11(1)The [F1Service] shall keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts, and shall prepare in respect of each financial year a statement of accounts in such form as [F4OFCOM] may direct.E+W+S+N.I.
F10[(3)A person shall not be qualified to be appointed in pursuance of sub-paragraph (2) unless he is eligible for appointment as a company auditor under section 25 of the Companies Act 1989.]
(a)afford to them full liberty to examine the accounts of the [F1Service]; and
(b)furnish them with all forecasts, estimates, information and documents which they may require with respect to the financial transactions and commitments of the [F1Service].
[F13(1A)The report must include a statement of how the Service are proposing to carry out their functions during the next financial year.]
(2)The report shall have attached to it the statement of accounts for the year and a copy of any report made by the auditors on that statement.
(3)[F4OFCOM] shall send a copy of each annual report received by them in accordance with this paragraph to the Secretary of State who shall lay copies of it before each House of Parliament.
[F14(4)Where an annual report is sent by [F4OFCOM] under sub-paragraph (3) to the Scottish Ministers (by virtue of provision made under section 63 of the Scotland Act 1998), the Scottish Ministers shall lay a copy of the report before the Scottish Parliament.]
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