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The Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland) Order 1986

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2.—(1) The Council shall consist of such persons as the Head of the Department, after consultation with such persons as appear to him to represent district councils, education and library boards and participants in sport and physical recreation, may appoint thereto and the persons so appointed shall hold office for such terms and upon such conditions as to retirement, ceasing to hold office and re-appointment as the Head of the Department may from time to time determine.N.I.

(2) A member shall be deemed to have vacated his office and the Council shall declare his place vacant in the following circumstances—

(a)where he gives to the Head of the Department a notice in writing of his resignation;

(b)where he becomes bankrupt [F1or has had a debt relief order made in respect of him] or makes a composition with his creditors [F2or is the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order] [F1or a debt relief restrictions order] ;

(c)where in the opinion of the Head of the Department he becomes incapacitated to hold office and the Head of the Department so informs the Council in writing;

(d)where he is convicted of an indictable offence and is sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not less than three months; or

(e)where he fails, without leave of the Council, to attend any meetings of the Council, or of a committee thereof of which he is a member, for a period of twelve consecutive months.

(3) The Head of the Department shall appoint—

(a)one of the members of the Sports Council to be chairman of the Council who, in the case of an equality of votes, shall have a second or casting vote; and

(b)another member to be vice-chairman who in the absence of the chairman shall, in the case of an equality of votes, have a second or casting vote.

(4) In accordance with arrangements approved by the Department, the Sports Council may appoint committees to assist it in the discharge of such of its functions or to perform such functions as it may delegate to such committees.

(5) The Sports Council may appoint as members of any committee established under sub-paragraph (4) or authorise any such committee to co-opt as members thereof, persons who are not members of the Sports Council.

(6) The proceedings of the Council or of any committee or sub-committee shall not be invalidated by any vacancy in the membership of the Council, or of any committee or sub-committee, or by any defect in the appointment of a member.

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