'(1) The Secretary of State may appoint one or more persons to act as a deputy to the PPF Ombudsman (''a Deputy PPF Ombudsman'').
(2) Any such appointment is to be on such terms and conditions as the Secretary of State determines.
(3) A Deputy PPF Ombudsman—
(a) is to hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms and conditions of his appointment, and
(b) may resign or be removed from office in accordance with those terms and conditions.
(4) A Deputy PPF Ombudsman may perform the functions of the PPF Ombudsman—
(a) during any vacancy in that office,
(b) at any time when the PPF Ombudsman is for any reason unable to discharge his functions, or
(c) at any other time, with the consent of the Secretary of State.
(5) References to the PPF Ombudsman in relation to the performance of his functions are accordingly to be construed as including references to a Deputy PPF Ombudsman in relation to the performance of those functions.
(6) An order by the Secretary of State under section 170(6) may make provision—
(a) about the payment, or provision for payment, of remuneration, compensation for loss of office, pension, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of a Deputy PPF Ombudsman;
(b) about the reimbursement of any expenses incurred by a Deputy PPF Ombudsman in the performance of any of the PPF Ombudsman's functions.'.—[Malcolm Wicks.]
Brought up, read the First and Second time, and added to the Bill.