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Panel to advise on payments to councillorsN.I.

35—(1) Regulations may establish a panel to advise the Department on payments by councils to councillors.

(2) Regulations under this section may make provision relating to the membership and functions of the panel.

(3) Regulations under this section may in particular include provision—

(a)requiring the panel to comply with directions given by the Department (including directions requiring the panel to provide the Department with advice or information in relation to such matters as the Department may direct);

(b)requiring the Department to make available to the panel such premises, staff and services as the panel may reasonably require; and

(c)requiring the Department to pay to members of the panel such allowances as the Department may determine.