Section 227 - Appointments to regulatory bodies
1340.This section inserts a new section 25C into the 2002 Act which makes provision in relation to Privy Council appointments to the regulatory bodies and Privy Council and other appointments to the Authority.
1341.The Privy Council is given the power to appoint members of the regulatory bodies (with the exception of the Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland) under their various governing enactments, and to appoint the chair and three non-executive members of the Authority. The Privy Council’s appointments functions in relation to members of the regulatory bodies and the chair of the Authority were delegated to the Appointments Commission by means of directions made under powers in the Health Act 2006. Given that the Appointments Commission is abolished by this Act, it will not carry out such appointments on the Privy Council’s behalf, and a new approach to the making of Privy Council appointments to the regulatory bodies and the Authority is needed.
1342.Therefore, new section 25C empowers the Privy Council and a regulatory body to make arrangements for the regulatory body in question (or a third party, such as a recruitment agency) to assist the Privy Council to make appointments to that regulatory body (including the appointment of chairs of the regulatory bodies and the determination of the terms of office of members and chairs). It empowers the Authority to assist the Privy Council to make appointments to both the Authority and to the regulatory bodies. It also empowers the Privy Council to make arrangements with any other person to assist it to make appointments to the Authority or the regulatory bodies. In each case, however, the function of making the appointment rests with the Privy Council.
1343.The Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland each have the power to appoint one non-executive member of the Authority and, in subsections (4) to (6) of new section 25C the Authority is given the power to make arrangements with the Scottish Ministers, the Welsh Ministers and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland for the Authority to assist them in making these appointments.