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These Amendments are consequential on the deletion already made in the first paragraph of Schedule 1 in Standing Committee. The original intention was that the Hairdressing Council should consist of nine persons appointed by the employers' organisations, nine persons appointed by the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, and nine Ministerial nominees, of whom five were to be nominees of the Home Secretary. The Ministerial appointments were intended to provide independent members not directly connected with the trade.
As a result of Amendments made in Committee there are now to be no official nominees, and that raises the problem of how independent experts are to be attached to the Council. The first need is met by providing for a direct appointment to the Council by each of the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Physicians of London. These bodies have been approached, and have agreed so to do. Five other persons of experience and reputation in the fields of industry, commerce, administration, finance or law are to be appointed by the employer and trade union elements on the Council. This gives a total of seven independent members.
To achieve the second object, the employers' organisations and the trade union are each to appoint four members, instead of the nine originally proposed when the Government were being called upon to appoint a further nine. The full composition of the Council will, therefore, consist of 15 persons, of whom eight will be trade representatives equally divided between the two sides of the industry, and seven will be independent members.