Pardon for Soldiers of the Great War Bill - continued        House of Commons

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     1. The Secretary of State shall appoint one of the members of the Tribunal to be chairman.
Tenure of office
     2. - (1) A person appointed to be a member of the Tribunal shall hold and vacate office under the terms of the instrument by which that member is appointed.
      (2) A member may at any time resign office by notice in writing to the Secretary of State.
      (3) The Secretary of State may remove a person from office on the ground that-
    (a) that person has been absent from meetings of the Tribunal for a period longer than three consecutive months without the Tribunal's consent,
    (b) a bankruptcy order has been made against that person or that person's estate has been sequestrated or that person has made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, that person's creditors, or
    (c) that person is unable or unfit to discharge the functions of a member.
      (4) If the person appointed to take the chair ceases to be a member that person shall also cease to occupy the chair.
      (5) A person who ceases to hold office as a member of the Tribunal, otherwise than by virtue of sub-paragraph (3), or ceases to be chairman shall be eligible for re-appointment.
     3. - (1) The Tribunal may appoint such staff as they determine with the Secretary of State's approval as to numbers and terms and conditions of service.
      (2) The Tribunal may in the application of funds provided by the Secretary of State and with the Secretary of State's approval-
    (a) pay such remuneration, pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of any persons who have been or are members of their staff as they may determine;
    (b) provide and maintain such schemes as they may determine (whether contributory or not) for the payment of pensions, allowances or gratuities, to or in respect of any such persons.
      (3) The Secretary of State shall not give an approval under this paragraph without the Treasury's consent.
Remuneration and allowances
     4. - (1) There shall be paid out of funds provided by the Secretary of State to the members of the Tribunal such remuneration, travelling and other allowances as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (2) Where the Secretary of State so determines in the case of a holder of the office of occupant of the chair or of member of the Tribunal, the Tribunal shall-
    (a) pay to or in respect of that person such pension, allowances or gratuities, or
    (b) make such payments towards the provision of a pension, allowances or gratuities in respect of that person,
       as the Secretary of State may determine.
      (3) A determination under this paragraph shall not have effect unless it has been approved by the Treasury.
Proceedings and evidence
     5. - (1) Subject to the provisions of this Schedule and of section 3 above, the Tribunal may regulate their own procedure, except that the quorum for meetings of the Tribunal shall be two.
      (2) The validity of any proceedings of the Tribunal shall not be affected by any vacancy among their members, or by any defect in the appointment of any person to the chair or as a member.
     6. A document purporting to be duly signed on behalf of the Tribunal shall be received in evidence and, unless the contrary is proved, be taken to be so signed.
Status of the Board
     7. The Board shall not be regarded as the servant or agent of the Crown or as enjoying any status, immunity or privilege of the Crown.
Parliamentary disqualification
     8. - (1) In the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975, in Part III of Schedule 1 (other disqualifying offices), the following entry shall be inserted at the appropriate place-
    " Member of the Pardons Tribunal."
      (2) The same entry shall be inserted at the appropriate place in Part III of Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Assembly Disqualification Act 1975.
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