FIREARMS (AMENDMENT) ACT 1988
22.(1) There shall be established
in accordance with the provisions of this section a Firearms Consultative
Committee consisting of a chairman and not less than 12 other
members appointed by the Secretary of State, being persons appearing
to him to have knowledge and experience of one or more of the
(a) the possession, use or keeping of, or
transactions in, firearms;
(b) weapon technology; and
(c) the administration or enforcement of
the provisions of the principle Act, the Firearms Act 1982 and
(2) The reference in subsection (1)(a) above
to the use of firearms includes in particular a reference to their
use for sport or competition.
(3) Subject to subsection (4) below, a member
of the Committee shall hold and vacate office in accordance with
the terms of his appointment.
(4) Any member of the Committee may resign
by notice in writing to the Secretary of State; and the chairman
may by such a notice resign his office as such.
(5) It shall be the function of the Committee:
(a) to keep under review the working of the
provisions mentioned in subsection (1)(c) above and to make to
the Secretary of State such recommendations as the Committee may
from time to time think necessary for the improvement of the working
of those provisions;
(b) to make proposals for amending those
provisions if it thinks fit; and
(c) to advise the Secretary of State on any
other matter relating to those provisions which he may refer to
(6) The Committee shall in each year make
a report on its activities to the Secretary of State who shall
lay copies of the report before Parliament.
(7) The Secretary of State may make to members
of the Committee such payments as he may determine in respect
of expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties.
(8) The Committee shall cease to exist at
the end of the period of five years beginning with the day on
which this section comes into force unless the Secretary of State
provides by an order made by statutory instrument for it to continue
thereafter, but no such order shall continue the Committee for
more than three years at a time.
2. The Firearms Consultative Committee shall,
following the expiry of the period of its existing specified in
article 2 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 (Firearms Consultative
Committee) Order 1993 (b), continue to exist for a period of three
years beginning on 1 February 1997.