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Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009

Schedule 1: the Marine Management Organisation

845.This Schedule sets out detailed arrangements for the establishment of the MMO including the appointment, terms of appointment (including allowances) and resignation or suspension from office of the MMO chair and other board members. The chair and board members are appointed by the Secretary of State, the latter after consultation with the chair.

846.The Schedule also makes provision for the appointment of staff by the MMO including the chief executive and the chief scientific adviser. The Secretary of State must approve the person chosen as chief executive and may make the first appointment. The MMO is enabled to pay pensions, allowances and gratuities in respect of any staff but this must be approved by the Secretary of State.

847.The MMO must provide the Secretary of State with an annual report detailing how it discharged its functions during that year. It must also keep proper accounts and records. A statement of accounts must be prepared for each financial year and a copy of that statement provided to the Secretary of State and to the Comptroller and Auditor General (the National Audit Office) for auditing. The annual report, the statement of accounts certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report on that statement must be submitted to the Secretary of State and laid before Parliament.

848.The MMO must also provide any information that is needed relating to these accounts and returns, in respect of its property and the discharge of its functions, to the Secretary of State. It must also allow inspection of its accounts or other documentation relating to the above, or any explanation of them which is required.

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