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12.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), any advice tendered by an adviser at a hearing shall be tendered in the presence of each of the parties in attendance at the hearing.
(2) Where the Committee has begun to deliberate on its decision and needs to obtain advice in the course of its deliberations, an adviser may tender advice to the Committee notwithstanding the absence of the parties.
(3) Where the advice is tendered in the absence of the parties in accordance with paragraph (2)—
(a)the adviser shall repeat the advice tendered to the Committee before the parties in attendance at the hearing; and
(b)the parties in attendance at the hearing shall be provided with reasonable opportunity to comment on the advice given by the adviser, before the Committee makes its decision on the issue under consideration.
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