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Merchant Shipping Act 1988

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24Penalties for offences under s. 22 or 23 and other provisions relating to such offences

(1)Any person guilty of an offence under section 22 or 23 shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding £50,000;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or a fine, or both.

(2)Proceedings for an offence under section 22 or 23 shall not be instituted—

(a)in England and Wales, except by or with the consent of the Attorney General, the Secretary of State or the Minister; or

(b)in Northern Ireland, except by or with the consent of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, the Secretary of State or the Minister.

(3)Proceedings for an offence under section 22 may be taken, and the offence may for all incidental purposes be treated as having been committed, in any place in the United Kingdom.

(4)In this section “the Minister”—

(a)in relation to England and Wales, means the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and

(b)in relation to Northern Ireland, means the Secretary of State concerned with sea fishing in Northern Ireland.

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