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PART IICOMMON PROVISIONS

Striking-out of proceedings for want of prosecution

7.—(1) The chairman of an appeal tribunal, a medical appeal tribunal or a disability appeal tribunal may, subject to paragraph (2), on the application of any party to the proceedings or of his own motion, strike out any application, appeal or reference for want of prosecution including the failure of the appellant to comply with a direction given by the chairman under regulation 2(1)(a) (procedure in connection with determinations).

(2) The chairman shall not make an order under paragraph (1) before a notice has been sent to the person against whom it is proposed that any such order should be made giving him a reasonable opportunity to show cause why such an order should not be made.

(3) The chairman of an appeal tribunal, a medical appeal tribunal or a disability appeal tribunal may, on application by the party concerned, made not later than 12 months beginning with the date of the order made under paragraph (1) give leave to reinstate any application, appeal or reference which has been struck out in accordance with paragraph (1).