Specialist advisers and expert assistance

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40.30Specialist advisers may attend both public and private sessions of a committee. They do not speak in public meetings of committees, examine witnesses or vote. On occasion committees may invite expert individuals to assist them in their deliberations. Such individuals, who are not paid advisers, take part in private meetings for informal discussion.