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(1)The 1993 Act is amended as follows.
(2)In section 5(2) (fine defaulters and persons in contempt of court), for the words from “both” to “17(1)” there is substituted “ released on licence under section 3 of this Act and, subsequently, the licence is revoked under section 17(1), (1A) or (1B) ”.
(3)In section 16(7) (which provides that a court order that a long-term or short-term prisoner released on licence be returned to prison has the effect of automatically revoking the licence), paragraph (a), and the word “and” immediately following that paragraph, are repealed.
(4)In section 17 (which enables the Scottish Ministers to revoke the licence of, and recall to prison, certain prisoners if recommended to do so by the Parole Board, enables them to do so in certain circumstances without such a recommendation, and requires them to do so as respects certain prisoners if there is such a recommendation), for subsections (1) to (3) there is substituted—
(a)a long-term prisoner has been released on licence under this Part of this Act and is not detained as mentioned in section 12A(1)(a) or (b) of this Act; or
(b)a life prisoner has been so released on licence and is not detained as mentioned in section 12A(1)(b) of this Act,
the Scottish Ministers—
(i)shall, if recommended to do so by the Parole Board; or
(ii)may, if revocation and recall are, in their opinion, expedient in the public interest and it is not practicable to await such a recommendation,
revoke the licence and recall the prisoner to prison.
(1A)Where a long-term prisoner or a life prisoner has been released on licence as mentioned in subsection (1) above, but is detained as mentioned in that subsection, the Scottish Ministers—
(a)shall, if recommended to do so by the Parole Board; or
(b)may, if revocation is, in their opinion, expedient in the public interest and it is not practicable to await such a recommendation,
revoke the licence.
(1B)Where a short-term prisoner has been released on licence under section 3(1) of this Act, the Scottish Ministers may, whether or not he is detained as mentioned in section 12A(1)(b) of this Act—
(a)revoke the licence; and
(b)where he is not so detained, recall him to prison,
if they are satisfied that his health or circumstances have so changed that his release on licence is no longer justified.
(2)The Scottish Ministers shall, on the revocation of a person’s licence under subsection (1), (1A) or (1B) above, inform that person of the reasons for the revocation.
(3)The Scottish Ministers shall refer to the Parole Board the case of a person whose licence is revoked under subsection (1), (1A) or (1B) above.”.
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