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SCHEDULE 3U.K.Constitution etc of Office for the Internal Market panel and task groups

2(1)Paragraph 1 is amended as follows.U.K.

(2)In sub-paragraph (1)(b)—

(a)in the words before paragraph (i), for “to membership of” substitute “ as follows ”;

(b)in paragraph (i), at the beginning insert “ persons appointed to membership of ”;

(c)in paragraph (ii), at the beginning insert “ persons appointed to membership of ”;

(d)in paragraph (iii), at the beginning insert “ persons appointed to membership of ”;

(e)after paragraph (iii) insert—

(iv)a person (the “OIM panel chair”) appointed to chair the Office for the Internal Market panel and to membership of the CMA Board;

(v)other persons appointed to membership of the Office for the Internal Market panel (“the OIM panel”) (see Part 3A).

(3)After sub-paragraph (2) insert—

(2A)In making appointments under paragraphs (iv) and (v) of sub-paragraph (1)(b), the Secretary of State must have regard to the desirability of securing that—

(a)a variety of skills, knowledge and experience is available among the members of the OIM panel, and

(b)there is an appropriate balance among the members of that panel of persons who have skills, knowledge or experience relating to the operation of the United Kingdom internal market in different parts of the United Kingdom.

(2B)Before making an appointment under paragraph (iv) or (v) of sub-paragraph (1)(b), the Secretary of State must seek the consent of—

(a)the Scottish Ministers,

(b)the Welsh Ministers, and

(c)the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland.

(2C)Sub-paragraph (2D) applies if consent to an appointment is not given by any of those authorities within the period of one month beginning with the day on which it is sought from that authority.

(2D)In that event the Secretary of State—

(a)may make the appointment without the consent of the authority or authorities concerned, and

(b)must, if the appointment is made, inform each authority which did not give consent of the reasons for the decision to proceed with the appointment.