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the Regulations on prospecting and exploration for polymetallic sulphides in the Area. An informal advance text, in English only, of such a draft was circulated on 6 May 2010 under symbol ISBA/16/C/CRP.1, dated 29 November 2009. The delegation of China also circulated, on 6 May 2010, an informal proposal on the draft regulations.  

VII. SIZE AND COMPOSITION OF THE LEGAL AND TECHNICAL COMMISSION 

 

11. At its 152nd and 153rd meetings, on 29 and 30 April 2010, respectively, the Council considered the question of the size and composition of the Legal and Technical Commission. The Council recalled that, at the thirteenth session in 2007, it had decided on a streamlined procedure for the nomination of candidates for election to the Commission (ISBA/13/C/6) and had also requested the Secretary‐General to prepare a report, for consideration at the present session, on the functioning of the Commission, with a view to the determination by the Council, in 2010, of the number of members of the Commission to be elected in 2011.  

12. After considering the note by the Secretary‐General on this matter (ISBA/16/C/3), the Council expressed satisfaction with the work of the Legal and Technical Commission and the manner in which it had functioned over the past five years; took note of the view expressed by the Commission through its Chairman to the effect that the current size of the Commission had not prevented it from carrying out its work effectively and efficiently; and emphasized that the Commission needed to maintain a wide range of expertise to enable it to carry out its complex work.   

13. With respect to the election of members of the Commission to be held in 2011, the Council agreed that the procedures set out in document ISBA/13/C/6 must be applied strictly. The Council also agreed that, for the 2011 election, the size of the Commission may be increased, having due regard to economy and efficiency, to up to 25 members, without prejudice to future elections.  

VIII. PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE STAFF REGULATIONS OF THE AUTHORITY 

 

14. At its 154th meeting, on 3 May 2010, the Council considered proposed amendments to the Staff Regulations of the Authority as set out in document ISBA/16/C/4. In this regard, the Council took note of the need to reflect the changes in the system of administration of justice in the United Nations and to bring the Staff Regulations of the Authority, which had been adopted in 2001, into line with changes made in the Staff Regulations of the United Nations.   

15. The Council took note of the agreement between the Secretary‐General of the United Nations and the Secretary‐General of the Authority extending the competence of the United Nations Appeals Tribunal to the Authority with respect to applications alleging non‐compliance with the terms of appointment or contracts of employment of staff members of the Authority, as set out in annex I to document ISBA/16/C/4. The Council also decided to adopt and apply provisionally, pending approval by the Assembly, the revisions to the Staff Regulations of the Authority, as set out, in tabular form, in annex II to document ISBA/16/C/4. The decision of the Council in this respect is contained in document ISBA/16/C/9.  

IX. BUDGET OF THE AUTHORITY AND SCALE OF ASSESSMENT FOR CONTRIBUTIONS OF 

MEMBERS OF THE AUTHORITY TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET 

 

16. At its 154th meeting, on 3 May 2010, the Council considered the budget of the Authority for the financial period 2011‐2012. In considering the proposed budget, the Council took into account the recommendations of the Finance Committee as contained in document ISBA/16/A/5‐ISBA/16/C/8. The Council decided to recommend to the Assembly for adoption the budget of the Authority for the financial period 2011‐2012 in the amount of $13,014,700.  

17. With respect to the proposed scale of assessment for contributions of members of the Authority to the administrative budget for the financial period 2011‐2012, the Council noted that there had been no change in the

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