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N.I.Administrative provisions

1Functions of the Ministry in relation to prisons and prisoners.F4N.I.

(1)The [F1 Department of Justice (in this Act referred to as “the Department”)] shall be the authority responsible for providing and maintaining prisons and for the general regulation, direction and superintendence of prisons and prisoners.

(2)Without prejudice to the foregoing sub-section, the [F2Department] shall continue to exercise and perform, subject to the provisions of this Act, all such powers, jurisdiction and duties as were heretofore exercised and performed by the [F3Ministry of Home Affairs] in relation to prisons and prisoners.