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  • Act applied by 1996 c. 46 Sch. 2 para. 9(replacing1968 c 20 s. 23) (Act applied (prosp.) by 1968 c. 20, s. 23(4) (as substituted (prosp.) by 1996 c. 46, ss. 8, 36(2), Sch. 2, para. 9 which said amending provision was repealed (31.3.2005) by Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 (c. 28), ss. 58(2), 60, Sch. 11; S.I. 2005/579, art. 3(h)(i)(ix)))
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47 Removal to hospital of persons serving sentences of imprisonment, etc.E+W

(1)If in the case of a person serving a sentence of imprisonment the Secretary of State is satisfied, by reports from at least two registered medical practitioners—

(a)that the said person is suffering from [F1mental disorder]; and

(b)that the mental disorder from which that person is suffering is of a nature or degree which makes it appropriate for him to be detained in a hospital for medical treatment[F2; and

(c)that appropriate medical treatment is available for him;]

the Secretary of State may, if he is of the opinion having regard to the public interest and all the circumstances that it is expedient so to do, by warrant direct that that person be removed to and detained in such hospitalF3. . . as may be specified in the direction; and a direction under this section shall be known as “a transfer direction”.

(2)A transfer direction shall cease to have effect at the expiration of the period of 14 days beginning with the date on which it is given unless within that period the person with respect to whom it was given has been received into the hospital specified in the direction.

(3)A transfer direction with respect to any person shall have the same effect as a hospital order made in his case.

(4)F4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(5)References in this Part of this Act to a person serving a sentence of imprisonment include references—

(a)to a person detained in pursuance of any sentence or order for detention made by a court in criminal proceedings [F5or service disciplinary proceedings](other than an order [F6made in consequence of a finding of insanity or unfitness to stand trial][F7or a sentence of service detention within the meaning of the Armed Forces Act 2006]);

(b)to a person committed to custody under section 115(3) of the M1Magistrates’ Courts Act 1980 (which relates to persons who fail to comply with an order to enter into recognisances to keep the peace or be of good behaviour); and

(c)to a person committed by a court to a prison or other institution to which the M2Prison Act 1952 applies in default of payment of any sum adjudged to be paid on his conviction.

[F8(6)In subsection (5)(a) “service disciplinary proceedings” means proceedings in respect of a service offence within the meaning of the Armed Forces Act 2006.]

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F2S. 47(1)(c) and preceding word substituted (3.11.2008) for words in s. 47(1)(b) by Mental Health Act 2007 (c. 12), ss. 4(7), 56 (with Sch. 10); S.I. 2008/1900, art. 2(b) (with art. 3, Sch.)

F3Words in s. 47(1) repealed (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 43, ss. 49(3), 56(2), Sch. 6; S.I. 1997/ 2200, art. 2 (with saving in art. 5(6))

F5Words in s. 47(5)(a) inserted (28.3.2009 for certain purposes, otherwise 31.10.2009) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378, 383, Sch. 16 para. 97(2)(a); S.I. 2009/812, art. 3(a) (with the transitional provisions in S.I. 2009/1059); S.I. 2009/1167, art. 4

F7Words in s. 47(5)(a) inserted (28.3.2009 for certain purposes, otherwise 31.10.2009) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378, 383, Sch. 16 para. 97(2)(b); S.I. 2009/812, art. 3(a) (with the transitional provisions in S.I. 2009/1059); S.I. 2009/1167, art. 4

F8S. 47(6) inserted (28.3.2009 for certain purposes, otherwise 31.10.2009) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378, 383, Sch. 16 para. 97(3); S.I. 2009/812, art. 3(a) (with the transitional provisions in S.I. 2009/1059); S.I. 2009/1167, art. 4

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C2S. 47 extended (1.10.1997) by 1997 c. 43, s. 47(1)(c); S.I. 1997/2200, art. 2

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