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National Institutions Measure 1998

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Part IIGeneral provisions

8The Council shall be a body corporate, with perpetual succession and a common seal.

9(1)A member of the Council appointed under paragraph 1(2) above who is an actual communicant (as defined in rule 54(1) of the Church Representation Rules) shall, if not otherwise a member of the General Synod, be an ex-officio member—

(a)in the case of a bishop, of the House of Bishops,

(b)in the case of any other clerk in Holy Orders, of the House of Clergy, and

(c)in the case of a lay person, of the House of Laity.

(2)A member of the Council appointed under paragraph 1(2) above who is not an actual communicant (as so defined) shall be entitled to attend at a group of sessions of the General Synod and, subject to such restrictions as may be imposed by the Standing Orders of the General Synod, to speak in any debate.

10The arrangements relating to meetings of the Council shall be such as the Council may determine and, subject to paragraph 7 above, the Council shall have power to regulate its own procedure.

11The validity of any proceedings of the Council shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members or by any defect in the appointment of any member.

12The application of the seal of the Council shall be authenticated by the signature of the Secretary-General or of some other person authorised by the Council, either generally or specifically, to act for that purpose.

13Any document purporting to be a document duly executed under the seal of the Council, or to be signed on behalf of the Council, shall be received in evidence and shall, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be so executed or, as the case may be, signed.

14(1)It shall be within the capacity of the Council as a statutory corporation, in so far as its objects permit to do all such things and enter into all such transactions as are incidental or conducive to the discharge of its functions.

(2)Without prejudice to the foregoing, the powers of the Council shall include power to acquire or dispose of any property and to borrow money.

15(1)The Council may appoint such committees as it considers expedient and may delegate any of its functions to a committee.

(2)Persons who are not members of the Council may be appointed to a committee.

16The Council shall appoint a chief executive, to be known as “the Secretary General”, and may appoint such other officers as it may determine.

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