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Tied Pubs (Scotland) Act 2021

Appointment and tenure

101.Under paragraphs 20 and 21, it is for the Scottish Ministers to appoint the adjudicator, but they must first secure the Scottish Parliament’s approval of their choice. Each person (including an individual who holds another office) may be appointed to the office on a maximum of three occasions, whether or not consecutive. An individual’s period of appointment is for a maximum of 4 years on the first occasion, and 3 years on later occasions, making an overall maximum of 10 years (whether consecutive or not) (see paragraphs 20(4) and 21(3)(b)).

102.Paragraph 20(2) requires Ministers to be confident that any person appointed as adjudicator will be impartial in balancing the interests of tied pub tenants and pub-owning businesses.

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