21 Advisory, research, and technical committees

(1)

The Minister may from time to time appoint such advisory, research, or technical committees of 1 or more persons as he thinks fit, and he may delegate to any such committee such of the powers conferred on him under this Act as he thinks fit or require the committee to investigate and report to him on such matters relating to marine mammals as he may direct or of which the committee, or any member or members of it, may have special knowledge or experience.

(2)

Every committee purporting to act pursuant to any delegation under this section shall, in the absence of proof to the contrary, be presumed to be acting in accordance with the terms of the delegation.

(3)

Every delegation under this section shall be revocable at will.

(4)

No delegation under this section shall prevent the exercise of any power by the Minister.

(5)

Every committee appointed under this section is hereby declared to be a statutory board within the meaning of the Fees and Travelling Allowances Act 1951, and there shall be paid to the members of the committee, from money appropriated by Parliament for the purpose, remuneration by way of salary, fees, allowances, travelling allowances, or expenses in accordance with that Act and its provisions shall apply accordingly.

(6)

The Minister may direct the Director-General to provide from his Department such services as may be necessary to enable any committee to discharge its functions more properly.

Section 21(6): amended, on 1 April 1987, by section 65(1) of the Conservation Act 1987 (1987 No 65).