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(a)shall appoint a deputy commissioner [F1or two deputy commissioners], and
(b)may appoint such number of other officers and staff as he may determine.
[F2(1A)The Commissioner shall, when appointing any second deputy commissioner, specify which of the Commissioner’s functions are to be performed, in the circumstances referred to in paragraph 5(1), by each of the deputy commissioners.]
(2)The remuneration and other conditions of service of the persons appointed under this paragraph shall be determined by the Commissioner.
(3)The Commissioner may pay such pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of the persons appointed under this paragraph, or make such payments towards the provision of such pensions, allowances or gratuities, as he may determine.
(4)The references in sub-paragraph (3) to pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of the persons appointed under this paragraph include references to pensions, allowances or gratuities by way of compensation to or in respect of any of those persons who suffer loss of office or employment.
[F3(4A)In making appointments under this paragraph, the Commissioner must have regard to the principle of selection on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.]
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(6)The M1Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 shall not require insurance to be effected by the Commissioner.
5(1)The deputy commissioner [F5or deputy commissioners] shall perform the functions conferred by this Act [F6or the Freedom of Information Act 2000] on the Commissioner during any vacancy in that office or at any time when the Commissioner is for any reason unable to act.E+W+S+N.I.
(2)Without prejudice to sub-paragraph (1), any functions of the Commissioner under this Act [F7or the Freedom of Information Act 2000] may, to the extent authorised by him, be performed by any of his officers or staff.