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1(1)Subject to paragraph 2 of this Schedule, a member of the Commission, other than the ex officio member, shall vacate his office—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)if he ceases to be a Member of the House of Commons; or
(b)if another person is nominated or appointed in his place.
(2)Subject to sub-paragraph (1) above, a member of the Commission, other than the ex officio member, shall hold office for the duration of the Parliament in which he is nominated or appointed and for the further period provided by paragraph 2 of this Schedule.
(3)A member of the Commission, other than the ex officio member, may resign at any time by notice to the Commission.
(4)Past service is no bar to nomination or appointment as a member of the Commission.
(5)In this paragraph and paragraph 2 of this Schedule “the ex officio member” means the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts.
2(1)On a dissolution of Parliament the person who is then the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts shall continue in office as a member of the Commission until a new Chairman of that Committee is appointed.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)Subject to sub-paragraph (3) below, on a dissolution of Parliament the members of the Commission, other than the ex officio member, shall continue in office until members are nominated or appointed in their place.
(3)Where at any time after Parliament has been dissolved it appears that a member of the Commission other than the ex officio member—
(a)has not been validly nominated as a candidate at the ensuing general election; or
(b)although so nominated, has not been elected a Member of Parliament at that election,
that member shall resign from the Commission forthwith; but nothing in sub-paragraph (2) above or this sub-paragraph shall be taken as preventing any such member from resigning otherwise than in pursuance of this sub-paragraph.
3The Commission shall elect a chairman from amongst its members.E+W+S+N.I.
4(1)The validity of any proceedings of the Commission shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members of the Commission or by any defect in the appointment or nomination of any Commissioner.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)The Commission may determine its own procedure.
(3)The Commission may appoint one of the Commissioners to act as chairman at any meeting of the Commission in the absence of the elected chairman of the Commission.
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