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(1)The lord-lieutenant of a county or area may, with Her Majesty’s approval, appoint a lieutenant or deputy lieutenant of that county or area as his vice lord-lieutenant.
(2)If a lord-lieutenant who has appointed a vice lord-lieutenant dies or otherwise ceases to hold office, the commission of the vice lord-lieutenant is vacated on the appointment of a new lord-lieutenant for the county or area concerned.
(3)A commission as vice lord-lieutenant of a county or area may, with the approval of Her Majesty, be revoked by the lord-lieutenant who granted it; and the lord-lieutenant shall revoke the commission forthwith on being informed of Her Majesty’s pleasure that it be revoked.
(4)Without prejudice to Her Majesty’s power to make other provision under section 4, if—
(a)the lord-lieutenant of a county or area is absent from the county or area, sick or otherwise unable to act; or
(b)there is a vacancy in the office of lord-lieutenant for a county or area,
the vice lord-lieutenant of that county or area shall stand for all purposes in the lord-lieutenant’s place and, accordingly, may do anything which may be done by the lord-lieutenant.
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