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(1)This Act may be cited as the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985.
(2)The following provisions of this Act come into force on its passing—
(a)this Part (other than subsections (5) and (6) below);
(b)sections 11 to 13; and
(c)section 15, so far as it applies in relation to sections 11 to 13;
and the remaining provisions of this Act shall come into force on such day as the Lord Chancellor or Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument appoint.
(3)An order under subsection (2) above may—
(a)appoint different days for different purposes and in relation to proceedings instituted in different areas; and
(b)contain such transitional and supplementary provisions as appear to the Lord Chancellor or, as the case may be, Secretary of State to be necessary or expedient.
(4)Paragraphs (a) and (c) of section 3(2) of this Act shall not apply in relation to proceedings instituted before their commencement and paragraph (d) of section 3(2) shall not apply in relation to proceedings begun by a summons issued before its commencement.
(5)Schedule 1 to this Act shall have effect for the purpose of making minor and consequential amendments in other enactments.
(6)The enactments specified in Schedule 2 to this Act (which include certain provisions which are already spent) are hereby repealed to the extent set out in the third column of that Schedule.
(7)This Act does not extend to Scotland or Northern Ireland.
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