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     23. In this Part of this Schedule-
    "panel of chairmen" means the panel appointed under paragraph 26; and
    "tribunal" means an appeal tribunal constituted in accordance with paragraph 27.
Training of appeal panel members
     24. The President must arrange such training for appeal panel members as he considers appropriate.
Acting President
     25. If the President is absent or otherwise unable to act, the Secretary of State may appoint as acting president an appeal panel member who is qualified to act as chairman of a tribunal.
Panel of tribunal chairmen
     26. - (1) There is to be a panel of appeal panel members appointed by the Secretary of State for the purposes of providing chairmen of appeal tribunals established under this Part of this Schedule.
      (2) A person is qualified for appointment to the panel of chairmen only if-
    (a) he has a seven year general qualification within the meaning of section 71 of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990,
    (b) he is an advocate or solicitor in Scotland of at least seven years' standing; or
    (c) he is-
      (i) a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland of at least seven years' standing, or
      (ii) a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland of at least seven years' standing,
    and appears to the Secretary of State to have appropriate experience and knowledge of competition law and practice.
Constitution of tribunals
     27. - (1) On receipt of a notice of appeal, the President must constitute an appeal tribunal to deal with the appeal.
      (2) An appeal tribunal is to consist of-
    (a) a chairman, who must be either the President or a person appointed by him to be chairman from the panel of chairmen; and
    (b) two other appeal panel members appointed by the President.
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