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1(1)The Board shall not be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)The members of the Board and any secretary or other staff employed by the Board shall not be regarded as civil servants and any property of the Board shall not be regarded as property of, or held on behalf of, the Crown.
2(1)The Board shall consist of the following members—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)the Lord Privy Seal;
(b)two persons appointed by the Prime Minister;
(c)a person appointed by the Secretary of State;
(d)the Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum; and
(e)such other persons as are from time to time appointed by the members holding office under paragraphs (a) to (d) above.
(2)At least one of the persons for the time being appointed under sub-paragraph (1)(b) above shall be a person experienced in estate management and forestry.
(3)The appointment of a member under sub-paragraph (1)(b) or (c) above shall be by an instrument signed by the Minister responsible.
(4)A member appointed under sub-paragraph (1)(b) or (c) above shall hold office for life unless—
(a)he is given written notice, signed by the Minister responsible, terminating his appointment; or
(b)he resigns his office by giving written notice to the Minister responsible.
(5)Any member appointed under sub-paragraph (1)(e) above shall hold office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.
(6)Any appointment or election of a person as an Administrative Trustee under—
(a)head (ii) or (iii) of paragraph (c) of clause 1 of the trust instrument, or
(b)the provision of that paragraph following head (iv),
which is in force immediately before the appointed day shall have effect on and after that day as an appointment under paragraph (b), (c) or (e), as the case may be, of sub-paragraph (1) above.
(7)In this paragraph “the Minister responsible” means—
(a)the Prime Minister, in relation to an appointment under paragraph (b) of sub-paragraph (1) above; and
(b)the Secretary of State, in relation to an appointment under paragraph (c) of that sub-paragraph.
3(1)The Lord Privy Seal shall be the chairman of the Board, but if he is absent from any meeting the members present may choose one of their number to be the chairman for the purposes of that meeting.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)Subject to sub-paragraphs (1) above and (4) below, the Board may regulate its own procedure.
(3)In doing so, the Board may make arrangements for any of its functions, other than the power to acquire or dispose of land, to be discharged by committees consisting of at least three members of the Board; and, if the arrangements so provide, anything done under them by a committee shall have effect as if done by the Board.
(4)The quorum for meetings of the Board or any committee shall be not less than three but neither the Board nor any committee shall reach a decision by correspondence unless all the members of the Board or, as the case may be, the committee have agreed in the correspondence to that decision.
(5)The validity of any proceedings shall not be affected by any vacancy among the members of the Board or by any defect in the appointment of a member.
4Members of the Board shall be entitled to be paid out of the trust property—E+W+S+N.I.
(a)such expenses as they would be entitled to be so paid if they (and not the Board) were the trustees of the trusts contained in the trust instrument as amended by this Act; and
(b)in the case of members who are solicitors or engaged in any other profession or business, such professional or other charges as are for the time being authorised by that instrument.
5(1)The fixing of the seal of the Board shall be authenticated by the signature of a member of the Board or the secretary to the Board.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)A document purporting to be duly executed under the seal of the Board, or to be signed on the Board’s behalf, shall be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, be deemed to be so executed or signed.
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