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(1)There shall be constituted a commission to be called “the Red Deer Commission” (hereinafter in this Act referred to as “the Commission”) which shall have the general functions of furthering the conservation and control of red deer [F1or sika deer or such other deer as may be specified from time to time by direction of the Secretary of State] and of keeping under review all matters relating to red deer [F1or sika deer or such other deer as may be specified from time to time by direction of the Secretary of State], and such other functions as are conferred on them by or under this Act.
(2)The Commission shall carry out their functions in accordance with such directions of a general character as may be given by the Secretary of State.
(3)The Commission shall consist of a chairman and twelve other members appointed by the Secretary of State, and the provisions of the next following subsection shall apply to the appointment of these members other than the chairman.
(4)The members of the Commission so appointed shall be appointed as follows—
(aa)one from nominees of the Natural Environment Research Council;]
(b)three from nominees of such organisations as appear to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of owners of land used for agriculture or forestry;
(c)two from nominees of such organisations as appear to the Secretary of State to represent the sporting interest in deer;
(d)three from nominees of such organisations as appear to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of farmers and crofters (and of the persons so appointed at least one shall, in the opinion of the Secretary of State, represent the interests of farmers, and at least one shall represent the interests of crofters); and
(e)two from nominees of such organisations as appear to the Secretary of State to represent the interests of hill sheep farmers.
(5)For the purpose of this section the expression “crofter” has the like meaning as in the M1Crofters (Scotland) Act 1955.
(6)The provisions contained in the First Schedule to this Act shall have effect in relation to the Commission.
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