(1) Subject as follows, a [bankrupt's creditors] may, in accordance with the rules, establish a committee (known as “the creditors' committee”) to exercise the functions conferred on it by or under this Act.
(2) [The] bankrupt's creditors shall not establish such a committee, or confer any functions on such a committee, at any time when the official receiver is the trustee of the bankrupt's estate, except in connection with [the appointment] of a person to be trustee instead of the official receiver.
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