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(1)In this Act, “relevant offence” means—
(a)such offence, or
(b)an offence of such description,
as may be prescribed.
(2)In this Act, “foreign offence” means any offence—
(a)under the law of any place other than Scotland, and
(b)which is similar in nature to any relevant offence.
(3)Regulations under subsection (1) may provide, in relation to any offence or description of offence prescribed in them, that a person is to be treated, for the purposes of such provisions of this Act as may be specified in the regulations, as having been convicted of the offence only if the person—
(a)accumulates such number of separate convictions for the offence, or
(b)is convicted of committing the offence on such number of separate occasions,
as may be so specified.
(4)For the purposes of this Act, a conviction for a relevant offence or a foreign offence is to be disregarded if it is spent for the purposes of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53).
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