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The Social Security (Recovery of Benefits) (Appeals) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997

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9.—(1) The decision of the majority of the tribunal shall be the decision of the tribunal.

(2) Every decision of a tribunal shall be recorded in summary by the chairman in such written form of decision notice as shall have been approved by the President, and such decision notice shall be signed by the chairman.

(3) As soon as may be practicable after a case has been decided by a tribunal, a copy of the decision notice made in accordance with paragraph (2) shall be given or sent to every party to the proceedings who shall also be informed of—

(a)his right under paragraph (6); and

(b)the conditions governing appeals to a Commissioner.

(4) A statement of the reasons for the tribunal’s decision and of its findings on questions of fact material thereto may be given—

(a)orally at the hearing; or

(b)in writing at such later date as the chairman may determine.

(5) Where the statement referred to in paragraph (4) is given orally, it shall be recorded in such medium as the chairman may determine.

(6) A copy of the statement referred to in paragraph (4) shall be supplied to the parties to the proceedings if requested by any of them within 21 days after the decision notice has been given or sent, and if the statement was given orally at the hearing, that copy shall be supplied in such a medium as the chairman may direct.

(7) If a decision is not unanimous, the statement referred to in paragraph (4) shall record that one of the members dissented and the reasons given by him for dissenting.

(8) A record of the proceedings at the hearing shall be made by the chairman in such medium as he may direct and preserved by the clerk to the tribunal for 18 months, and a copy of such record shall be supplied to the parties if requested by any of them within that period.

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