8.—(1) Where any member of the RBSO appointed under regulation 2(1)—

(a)becomes disqualified for appointment under regulation 4;

(b)is absent from meetings of the RBSO for more than 6 months consecutively, except for an approved reason;

(c)is convicted of an indictable offence;

(d)is incapable of carrying out his functions for reasons of ill health; or

(e)has failed to comply with regulation 9 (exclusion on account of pecuniary interest);

the RBSO shall forthwith, by resolution, declare the office to be vacant and shall notify that fact in such manner as it thinks fit, and thereupon the office shall become vacant.

(2) In paragraph (1)(b) “approved reason” means a reason approved by the Department.

(3) Where the place of a Chair or a member appointed under regulation 2(1) becomes vacant before the expiration of the Chair or the member’s term of office, whether by death, resignation or otherwise, the vacancy shall be filled by appointment by the Department and any person so appointed shall hold office for the remainder of the term of office of the former member.

(4) Where the Department is of the opinion that it is not in the interests of, or conducive to the good management of, the RBSO or any of its committees that the Chair or any member of the RBSO should continue to hold office, it may forthwith remove that person by giving him notice in writing to that effect.

(5) Where a person has been appointed Chair or a member of the RBSO under regulation 2(1) and it comes to the attention of the Department that at the time of the appointment that person was disqualified for appointment under regulation 4, it shall forthwith declare that the person in question was not duly appointed and notify him in writing to that effect; and upon receipt of such notification, he shall be removed and he shall cease to act as such Chair or member of the RBSO.