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Section 83.

SCHEDULE 8E+W+S+N.I. The Radio Authority: Supplementary Provisions

Status and capacityE+W+S+N.I.

1(1)The Authority shall be a body corporate.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Authority 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 Authority 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 this Act, including (subject to sub-paragraph (4)) the borrowing of money.

(4)The power of the Authority to borrow money (otherwise than under paragraph 13) shall not be exercised by them except with the consent of, or in accordance with a general authority given by, the Secretary of State.

Appointment of membersE+W+S+N.I.

2(1)A person shall be disqualified for being a member of the Authority so long as he is—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)a governor or employee of the BBC;

(b)a member or employee of the Channel Four Television Corporation established by this Act;

(c)a member or employee of the Welsh Authority; [F1or

(e)a member or employee of the Broadcasting Standards Commission.]

[F2(1A)One of the members of the Authority other than the chairman and deputy chairman shall be a person who appears to the Secretary of State to be suited to make the interests of Scotland his special care.]

(2)Before appointing a person to be a member of the Authority, the Secretary of State shall satisfy himself that that person will have no such financial or other interest as is likely to affect prejudicially the discharge by him of his functions as a member of the Authority; and the Secretary of State shall also satisfy himself from time to time with respect to every member of the Authority that he has no such interest.

(3)Any person who is, or whom the Secretary of State proposes to appoint to be, a member of the Authority shall, whenever requested by the Secretary of State to do so, furnish him with such information as the Secretary of State considers necessary for the performance by him of his duties under sub-paragraph (2).

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F1Sch. 8 para. 2(1)(d) and word “or” immediately preceding it substituted (1.4.1997) for Sch. 8 para. 2(1)(d)(e) by 1996 c. 55, s. 148(1), Sch. 10 Pt. II para. 25 (with s. 43(1)(6)); S.I. 1997/1005, art. 4

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Tenure of officeE+W+S+N.I.

3(1)Subject to the following provisions of this paragraph, each member of the Authority shall hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of his appointment.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)A person shall not be appointed to be a member of the Authority for more than five years at a time.

(3)Any member of the Authority may at any time resign his office by notice in writing to the Secretary of State.

Remuneration and pensions of membersE+W+S+N.I.

4(1)The Authority may pay to each member such remuneration and allowances as the Secretary of State may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The Authority may pay or make provision for paying to or in respect of any member such sums by way of pensions, allowances or gratuities as the Secretary of State may determine.

(3)Where a person ceases to be a member otherwise than on the expiry of his term of office and it appears to the Secretary of State that there are special circumstances which make it right for him to receive compensation, the Authority may make a payment to him of such amount as the Secretary of State may determine.

(4)The approval of the Treasury shall be required for any determination under this paragraph.

Disqualification of members of Authority for House of Commons and Northern Ireland AssemblyE+W+S+N.I.

5In Part II of Schedule 1 to the M1House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 (bodies of which all members are disqualified) there shall be inserted at the appropriate place—E+W+S+N.I.

The Radio Authorityand a corresponding amendment shall be made in Part II of Schedule 1 to the M2Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975.

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ProceedingsE+W+S+N.I.

6(1)Subject to paragraph 7, the quorum of the Authority and the arrangements relating to their meetings shall be such as the Authority may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The arrangements may provide for the discharge, under the general direction of the Authority, of any of the Authority’s functions by a committee or by one or more of the members or employees of the Authority.

7(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 Authority 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 Authority, 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 Authority 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 Authority 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 sufficient disclosure of his interest in relation to any such matter.

(4)A member need not attend in person at a meeting of the Authority 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 Authority include references to a meeting of any of their committees.

8The validity of any proceedings of the Authority 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 7.E+W+S+N.I.

Employees of the AuthorityE+W+S+N.I.

9(1)The Authority shall appoint a secretary and may appoint such other employees as they may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)If the Authority determine to do so in the case of any of their employees, the Authority 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 Authority may determine.

(3)If any employee of the Authority—

(a)is a participant in any pension scheme applicable to his employment, and

(b)becomes a member of the Authority,

he may, if the Secretary of State so determines, be treated for the purposes of the pension scheme as if his service as a member of the Authority were service as an employee of the Authority.

Authentication of Authority’s sealE+W+S+N.I.

10The application of the seal of the Authority shall be authenticated by the signature of the chairman or of some other person authorised for the purpose.E+W+S+N.I.

Presumption of authenticity of documents issued by AuthorityE+W+S+N.I.

11Any document purporting to be an instrument issued by the Authority and to be duly executed under the seal of the Authority or to be signed on behalf of the Authority shall be received in evidence and shall be deemed to be such an instrument unless the contrary is shown.E+W+S+N.I.

Finances of AuthorityE+W+S+N.I.

12(1)It shall be the duty of the Authority so to conduct their affairs that their revenues become at the earliest possible date, and continue thereafter, at least sufficient to enable them to meet their obligations and discharge their functions under this Act.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)Any excess of the Authority’s revenues for any financial year over the sums required by them for that year for meeting their obligations and discharging their functions under this Act shall be applied by the Authority in such manner as the Secretary of State may direct with the approval of the Treasury and after consultation with the Authority.

(3)A direction under sub-paragraph (2) may require the whole or any part of any excess of the revenues of the Authority to be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

Advances to AuthorityE+W+S+N.I.

13(1)For the purpose of—E+W+S+N.I.

(a)furnishing the Authority with working capital, or

(b)enabling them to meet any capital expenditure,

the Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Treasury, make advances to the Authority out of money provided by Parliament.

(2)The aggregate amount outstanding by way of principal in respect of sums advanced to the Authority under this paragraph shall not at any time exceed £3 million.

(3)Any sums advanced under this paragraph shall be repaid to the Secretary of State at such times and by such methods, and interest on those sums shall be paid to him at such times and at such rates, as he may from time to time direct with the consent of the Treasury.

Accounts and auditE+W+S+N.I.

14(1)The Authority 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 the Secretary of State may direct with the approval of the Treasury.E+W+S+N.I.

(2)The accounts of the Authority shall be audited by auditors to be appointed by the Authority with the approval of the Secretary of State.

[F3(3)A person shall not be qualified to be appointed as an auditor in pursuance of sub-paragraph (2) unless he is eligible for appointment as a company auditor under section 25 of the Companies Act 1989.]

(4)The Authority shall at all reasonable times upon demand made by the Secretary of State or by any persons authorised by him in that behalf—

(a)afford to him or them full liberty to examine the accounts of the Authority; and

(b)furnish him or them with all forecasts, estimates, information and documents which he or they may require with respect to the financial transactions and commitments of the Authority.

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Annual reportsE+W+S+N.I.

15(1)As soon as possible after the end of every financial year, the Authority shall prepare a general report of their proceedings during that year, and transmit it to the Secretary of State who shall lay copies of it before each House of Parliament.E+W+S+N.I.

(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, and shall include such information (including information relating to the financial position of the Authority) as the Secretary of State may from time to time direct.

[F4(3)Where a report is transmitted by the Authority under sub-paragraph (1) 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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Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C2Sch. 8 para. 15(1): functions exercisable concurrently by the Scottish Ministers and Ministers of the Crown (1.7.1999) by S.I. 1999/1750, arts. 1, 2, Sch. 2; S.I. 1998/3178

Advisory committeesE+W+S+N.I.

16The Authority may appoint, or arrange for the assistance of, advisory committees to give advice to them on such matters relating to the Authority’s functions as the Authority may determine.E+W+S+N.I.

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