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Armed Forces Act 2001

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Naval Discipline Act 1957 (c. 53)

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5(1)Section 12A of the 1957 Act (failure to provide a sample for drug testing) is amended as follows.

(2)In subsection (1)—

(a)for “testing for the presence of drugs” there is substituted “the purpose of ascertaining whether, or to what extent, he has, or has had, drugs in his body”, and

(b)the words “on conviction by court-martial” are omitted.

(3)After that subsection there is inserted—

(1A)A drug testing officer may not request a person to provide a sample under subsection (1) above if—

(a)he is that person’s commanding officer, or

(b)the commanding officer of that person is his commanding officer.

(1B)A request under subsection (1) above may not be made if the sample is sought in connection with—

(a)an investigation under this Act of an offence, or

(b)an investigation of such an incident as is referred to in section 32(1)(a) of the Armed Forces Act 2001 (powers to test for alcohol or drugs after serious incident).

(1C)The results of tests performed on a sample provided by a person at the request of a drugs testing officer shall not be admissible in evidence against—

(a)that person, or

(b)any other person,

in proceedings before a court-martial, commanding officer or appropriate superior authority.

(1D)Nothing in this section—

(a)limits the powers conferred by—

(i)sections 6 and 7 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (breath tests and provision of specimens for analysis), as applied by section 184 of that Act, or

(ii)sections 62 and 63 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (intimate and other samples), as applied by order under section 113(1) of that Act; or

(b)affects the admissibility in any proceedings of evidence obtained under those powers.

(4)In subsection (2), in the definition of “drug testing officer”, for “or non-commissioned officer” there is substituted “, chief petty officer, petty officer or leading rating”.

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