Food Standards Bill - continued        House of Lords

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SCHEDULE 2
 
  ADVISORY COMMITTEES
 
Advisory committees for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
     1. - (1) This paragraph applies to any advisory committee established under section 5(1).
 
      (2) Such a committee shall consist of-
 
 
    (a) a chairman appointed by the appropriate authority from among the members of the Agency;
 
    (b) such other persons as may be appointed by the appropriate authority, after consulting the Agency.
      (3) No more than one member appointed under sub-paragraph (2)(b) may be a member of the Agency.
 
      (4) The basic terms of reference of a committee to which this paragraph applies are to carry out the purpose mentioned in section 5(1); but the Agency may, with the approval of the appropriate authority, supplement the terms of reference of any such committee.
 
      (5) In this paragraph "appropriate authority", in relation to any committee, means the appropriate authority for the part of the United Kingdom for which the committee is established.
 
 
Advisory committee or committees for England
     2. - (1) This paragraph applies to a committee established under section 5(2).
 
      (2) Such a committee shall consist of a chairman and such other persons as may be appointed by the Secretary of State, after consulting the Agency.
 
      (3) No more than two persons appointed under sub-paragraph (1) may be members of the Agency.
 
      (4) The basic terms of reference of such a committee shall be to carry out the purpose mentioned in section 5(2); but the Agency may, with the approval of the Secretary of State, supplement the terms of reference of any such committee.
 
 
Other advisory committees
     3. - (1) The members of a committee established under section 5(3) shall consist of such persons as may be appointed by the Agency, after consulting the appropriate authorities.
 
      (2) The members so appointed may include members of the Agency.
 
      (3) The terms of reference of such a committee shall be such as the Agency may determine.
 
     4. The Agency may, after consulting the appropriate authorities, abolish a committee established under section 5(3).
 
 
Remuneration of members of advisory committees
     5. The Agency may pay to the members of an advisory committee established under section 5 such remuneration or allowances in respect of expenses (or both) as the Agency may determine.
 
 
Expenditure of advisory committees
     6. Any expenditure incurred by an advisory committee established under section 5 shall be defrayed by the Agency.
 
 
Transfer of existing non-statutory advisory committees
     7. - (1) The Secretary of State or the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food may direct that any advisory committee specified in the direction shall, from such date as may be so specified, be treated as if it had been established by the Agency under section 5 and its members appointed in accordance with paragraph 3(1).
 
      (2) A direction under this paragraph may be given only if the committee in question is maintained for the purpose of giving advice or information to any one or more public authorities on matters connected with the Agency's functions.
 
      (3) A direction under this paragraph may not be given in relation to a committee which-
 
 
    (a) is established on or after the day on which this paragraph comes into force; or
 
    (b) is established, or is required to be established, by any enactment.
      (4) Before giving a direction under this paragraph the person giving it shall consult-
 
 
    (a) the Agency; and
 
    (b) any public authority which the committee is maintained to give advice as mentioned in sub-paragraph (2).
 
Joint committees
     8. - (1) Without prejudice to the generality of section 21, the Agency may join with one or more other public authorities in making arrangements for establishing a joint committee to advise the Agency and the other authority or authorities on such matters connected with their functions as they may determine.
 
      (2) The membership, terms of reference and any remuneration or allowances for members shall be in accordance with those arrangements.
 
      (3) The expenditure of a joint advisory committee shall be defrayed by the Agency and the other authority or authorities in accordance with those arrangements.
 
      (4) The Agency shall consult the appropriate authorities before making any arrangements under this paragraph.
 
 
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