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Act 18, 1996 (XVIII) – Act anent Appointment of Editor of The Instructor. 23rd May 1996.

The General Assembly note their finding of 1995 that appointments to the editorship of The Instructor and of the teenage magazine are from that date to be made in the following terms:

1. The editor must be a communicant member of the Free Church of Scotland, but not necessarily a minister or other office-bearer, or even a male member. If the editor is an officebearer he will be ex officio a member of the Youth Committee (which acts in an advisory capacity). If the editor is not an office-bearer he/she will be a consultant to the Committee and invited to attend all their meetings. The editor must be a person of some maturity in the Christian life, with wide experience of life. The editor must show (a) a marked interest in young people, both within and outwith the Free Church, and (b) have experience of practical involvement with young people. The editor should have expertise either in the area of writing/publishing or in administration. The editor will not be expected to write the whole magazine. He/she will be expected to gather a team of gifted writers, illustrators, photographers, etc. to contribute to the magazine. He/she will be responsible for overseeing the printing, publication and distribution of the magazine by the due date. The term of office will be five years, with eligibility for reappointment.

2. The General Assembly repeal Act XIII, 1973, in so far as it refers to the editor of The Instructor and also any other previous Acts inconsistent with the foregoing.

3. The General Assembly appoint Mrs. Irene Howat to the post of editor of The Instructor, in accordance with the terms specified and agreed by the 1995 General Assembly.