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2After section 81 of the 1983 Act there shall be inserted the following section—E+W+N.I.
(1)If it appears to the Secretary of State, in the case of a patient who—
(a)is subject to a restriction order or restriction direction under section 41 or 49 above; and
(b)has been conditionally discharged under section 42 or 73 above,
that a transfer under this section would be in the interests of the patient, the Secretary of State may, with the consent of the Minister exercising corresponding functions in Northern Ireland, transfer responsibility for the patient to that Minister.
(2)Where responsibility for such a patient is transferred under this section, the patient shall be treated—
(a)as if on the date of the transfer he had been conditionally discharged under the corresponding enactment in force in Northern Ireland; and
(b)as if he were subject to a restriction order or restriction direction under the corresponding enactment in force in Northern Ireland.
(3)Where a patient responsibility for whom is transferred under this section was immediately before the transfer subject to a restriction order or restriction direction of limited duration, the restriction order or restriction direction to which he is subject by virtue of subsection (2) above shall expire on the date on which the first-mentioned order or direction would have expired if the transfer had not been made.”
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