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deputation (n.)

late 14c., deputacioun, "appointment or authority to represent or act for another or others," noun of action from depute (v.). From 1732 as "person or persons authorized to represent or act for others."

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Definitions of deputation from WordNet

deputation (n.)
a group of representatives or delegates;
Synonyms: commission / delegation / delegacy / mission
deputation (n.)
authorizing subordinates to make certain decisions;
Synonyms: delegating / delegation / relegating / relegation
From wordnet.princeton.edu