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113 Application of sampling procedure to substance or article seized under s. 112. E+W+S+N.I.

(1)The provisions of this section shall have effect where a person (in this section referred to as an “authorised officer") seizes a substance or article (other than a document) in the exercise of such a right as is specified in subsection (4) of section 112 of this Act (including that subsection as applied by subsection (7) of that section).

(2)If any person who in accordance with subsection (6) of that section is entitled to be informed of the seizure so requests, either at the time of the seizure or at any subsequent time, not being later than twenty-one days after he is informed of the seizure, then, subject to the next following subsection, the authorised officer shall either—

(a)set aside a sample of the substance or article seized, or

(b)treat that substance or article as a sample,

whichever he considers more appropriate having regard to the nature of that substance or article.

(3)An authorised officer shall not be required by virtue of subsection (2) of this section to set aside a sample, or to treat a substance or article as a sample, if the nature of the substance or article is such that it is not reasonably practicable to do either of those things.

(4)Where in accordance with subsection (2) of this section an authorised officer sets aside a sample, or treats a substance or article as a sample, he shall divide it into three parts, each part to be marked and sealed or fastened up in such manner as its nature will permit, and shall supply one part of it to the person who made the request under subsection (2) of this section.

(5)Paragraphs 10, 11 and 12 and paragraphs 15 to 27 of Schedule 3 to this Act shall have effect in relation to a sample set aside, or a substance or article treated as a sample, in accordance with subsection (2) of this section as they have effect in relation to a sample obtained as mentioned in paragraph 1 of that Schedule, but as if in those paragraphs—

(a)any reference to a sampling officer were a reference to an authorised officer;

(b)any reference to a sample included a reference to a substance or article treated as a sample;

(c)any reference to the preceding provisions of that Schedule were a reference to the preceding provisions of this section; and

(d)any reference to the relevant enforcement authority were a reference to the authority by whom the authorised officer is authorised for the purposes of section 112 of this Act,

and as if in paragraph 24(1) of that Schedule the reference to a substance or article obtained as mentioned in paragraph 1 of that Schedule were a reference to a substance or article of which a sample has been set aside, or which has been treated as a sample, in accordance with subsection (2) of this section.

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C1Pt. VIII (ss. 104–136) extended by S.I.s 1982/425, art. 3, 1984/187 art. 2; and extended with modifications by S.I. 1985/403, art. 3(1)

C3S. 113 modified (30.1.1992) by S.I. 1992/32, reg. 12(1)(2)

S. 113 applied (1.1.1995) by S.I. 1994/3142, reg. 18(2)

S. 113 applied (with modifications) (1.1.1995) by S.I. 1994/3144, reg.10, Sch. 4

S. 113 applied (31.3.1997) by S.I. 1997/322, reg. 34, Sch.5

S. 113 applied (1.2.2000) by S.I. 2000/7, reg. 5

C4Ss. 108-114 applied (with modifications) (1.7.1992) by S.I. 1992/1520, reg.12.

C5Ss. 108-115 modified (3.4.1992) by S.I. 1992/605, regs. 2(3), 3

Ss. 108-115 applied (3.10.1994) by S.I. 1994/2328, reg. 11(c)

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