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7.—(1) The Secretary of State may suspend a member from office while the Secretary of State considers whether—
(a)to remove the member from office under regulation 6; or
(b)the person is disqualified for appointment under regulation 3 or was disqualified for the purposes of regulation 6(5).
(2) Where the Secretary of State suspends a member from office under paragraph (1), the Secretary of State shall give notice in writing to that member to that effect.
(3) A decision to suspend a member shall take effect immediately.
(4) Subject to paragraphs (5) and (6), a period of suspension shall not exceed a period of six months beginning with the date of the decision to suspend the member.
(5) The Secretary of State may review at any time a suspension and shall review a suspension after a period of three months beginning with the date of the decision to suspend the member if so requested by the member who has been suspended.
(6) Where the Secretary of State reviews a suspension, the Secretary of State may—
(a)revoke the suspension, in which case the suspension shall cease to have effect; or
(b)suspend the member from office for a further period not exceeding six months beginning with the date of the expiry of the current period of suspension.
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