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Decisions should be made promptly

It is recognised that in certain situations it may take time to obtain all the information required to make a decision. However, once all the information is available, the decision maker should consider all of the papers promptly and come to a decision to grant or refuse the application made.

Many of the most difficult decisions also happen to be in cases where there is an impending statutory deadline for commencing proceedings. It is important to bear this in mind. The decision should wherever possible be taken to allow due time for the proceedings to be commenced prior to them becoming statute barred.