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(1)A fire authority constituted by a combination scheme shall consist of such representatives of each of the constituent areas as may be prescribed by the scheme, and every such authority shall be a body corporate by such name as may be prescribed by the scheme with a common seal and with power to hold land without licence in mortmain.
(2)Provision may be made by a combination scheme for applying in relation to the constitution and proceedings of the fire authority thereby constituted, and in relation to the officers of that authority, any of the provisions of [F1Parts V and VI and sections one hundred and eleven to one hundred and nineteen of the M1Local Government Act 1972] (which contain general provisions as to members, committees and officers of local authorities), subject to such modifications as may be prescribed by the scheme.
(3)F2. . . the provisions of the [F1M2Local Government Act 1972], with respect to the acquisition of land by agreement and the appropriation and disposal of land shall apply to fire authorities constituted by combination schemes as they apply to fire authorities being councils of counties [F3or, in Wales, counties or county boroughs]. . ., and accordingly references F2. . . the said provisions of the said [F1Act of 1972] to local authorities shall include references to fire authorities constituted by combination schemes.
[F4(3A)Meetings of a fire authority which is (as well as one which is not) constituted by a combination scheme are open to the public, and documents relating to such meetings are open to inspection by the public, in accordance with the provisions of Part VA of the M3Local Government Act 1972.]
(4)For the purposes of the discharge of their functions under a combination scheme, the fire authority constituted by the scheme shall have the powers of the council of a county [F5or, in Wales, of a county or county borough]. . . in relation to the borrowing of money for fire service purposes and the provisions of [F1section one hundred and seventy two of, and Schedule 13 to, the M4Local Government Act 1972], and of any other enactment relating to the borrowing of money by local authorities shall apply accordingly, subject to such adaptations and modifications as may be prescribed by the scheme.
F6(5). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
(6)A fire authority constituted by a combination scheme may, if so authorised by the scheme, make arrangements with any constituent authority for the use by the fire authority of the services of officers and servants of the constituent authority and for the making of contracts and payments on behalf of the fire authority by the constituent authority.
F7(7)(8). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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