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(1)This section applies where the Parole Board determines under section 22(2) or 25(3) that section 22(3) applies in respect of a life prisoner.
(2)The Parole Board must—
(a)give the prisoner reasons in writing for its determination, and
(b)fix the date on which it will next consider the prisoner’s case.
(3)Subject to section 26, the date fixed under subsection (2)(b) must fall within the period—
(a)beginning with the day falling 4 months after the day of the determination, and
(b)ending immediately before the second anniversary of the day of the determination.
(4)Subsection (5) applies where the Parole Board has fixed a date under subsection (2)(b).
(5)On the prisoner’s request, the Board may, if it considers it appropriate to do so, replace that date by fixing under subsection (2)(b) an earlier date when it will next consider the prisoner’s case.
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