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National Library of Scotland Act 1925

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ScheduleConstitution and Proceedings of Board

1The Board shall consist of thirty-four members, of whom twelve shall be ex-officio members, seventeen shall be appointed as hereinafter provided, and five, being persons of eminence in literature or public life, not otherwise members of the Board, shall be co-opted by the Trustees. The ex-officio members shall consist of the following persons:—

  • The Lord President of the Court of Session;

  • The Lord Advocate;

  • The Secretary for Scotland;

  • The Dean of the Faculty of Advocates;

  • The Minister of the High Kirk (St. Giles), Edinburgh;

  • The Member of Parliament for the Central Division of the City of Edinburgh;

  • The Lord Provost of Edinburgh;

  • The Lord Provost of Glasgow;

  • The Lord Provost of Dundee;

  • The Lord Provost of Aberdeen;

  • The Lord Provost of Perth;

  • The King's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer.

Of the appointed members:—

  • Five shall be persons appointed by His Majesty on the recommendation of the Secretary for Scotland, one of whom at least shall be representative of organised labour;

  • Five shall be persons appointed by the Faculty;

Seven shall be persons appointed as follows, that is to say:—

  • One by the Senatus Academicus of each of the Universities of St. Andrews, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh, one by the Convention of Royal Burghs, one by the Association of County Councils in Scotland, and one by the Association of Education Authorities in Scotland.

  • In addition to the thirty-four Trustees before-mentioned, Sir Alexander Grant, Baronet, or a person to be nominated by him, shall be a member during the lifetime of the said Sir Alexander Grant.

2The members of the Board appointed by His Majesty shall hold office during His Majesty's pleasure, and one of those members, nominated by His Majesty in that behalf, shall act as chairman of the Board.

The period of office of the other appointed members and of the co-opted members of the Board shall be five years from the date of appointment, or from the date on which the appointment is expressed to take effect: Provided that, in the case of the five members appointed by the Faculty, and in the case of the five co-opted members, the first appointments shall be for the respective periods of one, two, three, four, and five years; and that, in the case of the four members appointed by the Senatus Academicus of the Universities, the first appointments shall be for the respective periods of one, two, three, and four years, in the order of the seniority of the Universities; and the periods of office of the members first appointed or first co-opted as aforesaid shall determine accordingly.

3If any vacancy occurs by death, resignation, or any other cause other than effluxion of time, the vacancy shall be filled by His Majesty, or by the appropriate appointing body, or by the Trustees, as the case may be, and a person so appointed or co-opted to fill a vacancy shall hold office so long only as the member in whose place he is appointed or co-opted would have held office.

4Any Trustee ceasing to hold office shall be eligible to be again appointed or co-opted.

5The Board may appoint one of the Trustees to be vice-chairman of the Board, and in the absence of the chairman, the vice-chairman shall preside at meetings of the Board. In the absence of the chairman and vice-chairman, the Trustees present at a meeting may appoint one of their number to preside thereat. The chairman, vice-chairman, or Trustee presiding at any meeting shall have a casting as well as a deliberative vote.

6The Board may make regulations—

(a)for issuing notices relating to the appointment (other than the first appointments) of members of the Board, and for convening meetings (other than the first meeting) of the Boards; and

(b)for regulating the proceedings (including the quorum) of the Board; and

(c)for enabling the Board to constitute committees, and to include as members of committees persons who are not members of the Board; and

(d)for authorising the delegation to committees of all or any of the powers of the Board (other than the power to acquire or dispose of land), and for regulating the proceedings (including the quorum) of committees.

7The powers of the Board may be exercised notwithstanding any vacancy in their number.

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