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Water Act 2003

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Section 34(2)

SCHEDULE 1The Water Services Regulation Authority

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After Schedule 1 to the WIA there is inserted—

Section 1A(3)

SCHEDULE 1AThe Water Services Regulation Authority

Membership

1(1)The Authority shall consist of a chairman, and at least two other members, appointed by the Secretary of State.

(2)The Secretary of State shall consult—

(a)the Assembly, before appointing any member; and

(b)the chairman, before appointing any other member.

Terms of appointment, remuneration, pensions etc

2(1)Subject to this Schedule, the chairman and other members of the Authority shall hold and vacate office as such in accordance with the terms of their respective appointments.

(2)Their terms of appointment shall be determined by the Secretary of State.

3(1)An appointment of a person to hold office as chairman or as one of the other members of the Authority shall be for a term not exceeding five years.

(2)A person holding office as chairman or other member—

(a)may resign that office by giving notice in writing to the Secretary of State; and

(b)may be removed from office by the Secretary of State on the ground of incapacity or misbehaviour.

(3)The Secretary of State shall consult the Assembly before removing from office a person holding office as chairman or other member.

(4)A previous appointment as chairman or other member does not affect a person’s eligibility for appointment to either office.

4(1)The Authority shall pay to its chairman and its other members such remuneration, and such travelling and other allowances, as may be determined by the Secretary of State.

(2)The Authority shall, if required to do so by the Secretary of State—

(a)pay such pension, allowances or gratuities as may be determined by the Secretary of State to or in respect of a person who is or has been the chairman or a member of the Authority; or

(b)make such payments as may be so determined towards provision for the payment of a pension, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of such a person.

(3)If the Secretary of State determines that there are special circumstances which make it right for a person ceasing to hold office as chairman or other member of the Authority to receive compensation, the Authority shall pay to him a sum by way of compensation of such amount as may be determined by the Secretary of State.

Staff

5The Authority may, with the approval of the Minister for the Civil Service as to numbers and terms and conditions of service, appoint such staff as it may determine.

Committees

6(1)The Authority may establish committees and any committee of the Authority may establish sub-committees.

(2)The members of a committee of the Authority may include persons who are not members of the Authority (and the members of a sub-committee may include persons who are not members of the committee or the Authority).

Proceedings etc

7(1)The Authority may regulate its own procedure.

(2)The validity of anything done by the Authority is not affected by a vacancy among its members or by a defect in the appointment of a member.

8A document purporting to be duly executed under the seal of the Authority, or signed on its behalf, shall be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, shall be taken to be so executed or signed.

Code of Practice

9(1)The Authority shall prepare, and may revise, a code of practice governing the discharge by it of its functions.

(2)The Authority shall, in exercising its functions, have regard to the provisions of the code.

(3)In preparing or revising the code, the Authority shall consult—

(a)the Secretary of State;

(b)the Assembly;

(c)the Environment Agency;

(d)the Council;

(e)relevant undertakers;

(f)licensed water suppliers; and

(g)such other persons as the Authority considers appropriate.

(4)The Authority shall publish in such manner as it considers appropriate the code as for the time being in force.

Performance of functions

10(1)Anything authorised or required to be done by the Authority may be done by—

(a)any member or employee of the Authority who is authorised for that purpose by the Authority, whether generally or specially;

(b)any committee of the Authority which has been so authorised.

(2)The Authority may not so authorise a committee whose members include any person who is not a member or employee of the Authority.

Payments to the Authority

11The Secretary of State shall make payments out of money provided by Parliament to the Authority of such amounts, at such times and on such conditions (if any) as he considers appropriate.

Supplementary powers

12(1)The Authority has power to do anything which is calculated to facilitate, or is conducive or incidental to, the performance of its functions.

(2)That power includes the formation of advisory bodies.

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