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Article 3

SCHEDULE 1N.I.THE NORTHERN IRELAND AUTHORITY FOR ENERGY REGULATION

This schedule has no associated Explanatory Memorandum

MembershipN.I.

[F11.(1) The Authority shall consist of—N.I.

(a)a chairman; and

(b)not fewer than three other members,

appointed by the Department of Finance and Personnel.

(2) The Department of Finance and Personnel shall consult the chairman before appointing any other member.]

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Terms of appointment, remuneration, pensions, etc.N.I.

2.—(1) Subject to this Schedule, the chairman and other members shall hold and vacate office as such in accordance with the terms of their respective appointments.N.I.

(2) The terms of appointment of the chairman and other members shall be determined by [F2the Department of Finance and Personnel] .

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[F32A.  A person holding office as chairman or other member shall not—N.I.

(a)carry out any activity or have any financial or other interest that might compromise or might reasonably be seen to compromise that person's impartiality; or

(b)seek or take any instructions from any person or body that might compromise or might reasonably be seen to compromise the independence of the Authority when the Authority is carrying out functions in its capacity as national regulatory authority for Northern Ireland.]

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[F43.(1) No person shall be appointed to hold office as chairman or other member for a term of less than 5 years or for a term of more than 7 years.N.I.

(2) If a person who is on the Authority's staff, is appointed as chairman or other member, the Department of Finance and Personnel may make the appointment subject to the condition that the appointment will end if that person ceases to be on the Authority's staff.

(3) The appointment of a person as chairman or other member may be renewed only once.

(4) To ensure continuity of the functioning of the Authority, the Department of Finance and Personnel shall ensure that there is a rotation of the Authority's membership. To do this, that Department shall appoint members so that their terms of office will not all expire at the same time.

(5) A person holding office as chairman or other member may resign that office by giving notice in writing to the Department of Finance and Personnel.

(6) A person holding office as chairman or other member may only be removed from office by the Department of Finance and Personnel, and on one of the following grounds only—

(a)a breach of paragraph 2A;

(b)incapacity; or

(c)misbehaviour.]

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4.—(1) The Authority shall pay to the chairman and other members such remuneration, and such travelling and other allowances, as may be determined by [F5the Department of Finance and Personnel] .N.I.

(2) The Authority shall, if required to do so by [F5the Department of Finance and Personnel]

(a)pay such pension, allowances or gratuities as may be determined by [F5the Department of Finance and Personnel] to or in respect of a person who is or has been the chairman or a member of the Authority; or

(b)make such payments as may be so determined towards provision for the payment of a pension, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of such a person.

(3) If, where any person ceases to hold office as chairman or other member, [F5the Department of Finance and Personnel] determines that there are special circumstances which make it right that he should receive compensation, the Authority shall pay to him a sum by way of compensation of such amount as may be determined by [F5the Department of Finance and Personnel] .

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StaffN.I.

5.  The Authority may, with the approval of [F6the Department of Finance and Personnel] of Finance and Personnel as to numbers and terms and conditions of service, appoint such staff as it may determine.N.I.

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CommitteesN.I.

6.—(1) The Authority may establish committees and any committee of the Authority may establish sub-committees.N.I.

(2) The members of a committee of the Authority may include persons who are not members of the Authority (and the members of a sub-committee may include persons who are not members of the committee).

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Proceedings, etc.N.I.

7.—(1) The Authority may regulate its own procedure (including quorum).N.I.

(2) The Authority shall consult [F7the Department of Finance and Personnel] before making or revising its procedures for dealing with conflicts of interest.

(3) The validity of anything done by the Authority is not affected by a vacancy among its members or by a defect in the appointment of a member.

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8.—(1) The application of the seal of the Authority shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairman or by some other person who has been authorised by the Authority to act for that purpose.N.I.

(2) A document purporting to be duly executed under the seal of the Authority, or signed on its behalf, shall be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, be taken to be so executed or signed.

Performance of functionsN.I.

9.—(1) Anything authorised or required to be done by the Authority may be done by—N.I.

(a)any member or employee of the Authority who is authorised for that purpose by the Authority, whether generally or specially;

(b)any committee of the Authority which has been so authorised.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) does not apply to any power to make a statutory instrument (within the meaning of section 1(e) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 (c.33)).

[F8(2A) Sub-paragraph (1) is subject to provision in rules made under section 51 of the Competition Act 1998 by virtue of paragraph 1A of Schedule 9 to that Act in respect of the exercise of a function under Part 1 of that Act.]

(3) In sub-paragraph (1)(b) “committee of the Authority” does not include a committee whose members include any person who is not a member or employee of the Authority.

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Rule-making authorityN.I.

10.  F9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N.I.

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Supplementary powersN.I.

11.—(1) The Authority has power to do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the performance of its functions.N.I.

(2) That power includes the formation of advisory bodies.

Assembly disqualificationN.I.

12.  F10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N.I.

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Assembly OmbudsmanN.I.

13.  F11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .N.I.

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