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Part 6Immigration Procedure

Country information

142Advisory Panel on Country Information

(1)The Secretary of State shall appoint a group of not fewer than ten nor more than 20 individuals (to be known as the Advisory Panel on Country Information).

(2)The Secretary of State shall appoint one member of the Advisory Panel as its Chairman.

(3)The function of the Advisory Panel shall be to consider and make recommendations to the Secretary of State about the content of country information.

(4)In this section “country information” means information about conditions in countries outside the United Kingdom which the Secretary of State compiles and makes available, for purposes connected with immigration, to—

(a)immigration officers, and

(b)other officers of the Secretary of State.

(5)The function of the Advisory Panel shall be shared among its members in accordance with arrangements made by the Chairman.

(6)A member of the Advisory Panel shall hold and vacate office in accordance with the terms of his appointment (which may include provision about retirement, resignation or dismissal).

(7)The Secretary of State may—

(a)pay fees and allowances to members of the Advisory Panel;

(b)defray expenses of members of the Advisory Panel;

(c)make staff and other facilities available to the Advisory Panel.