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(1)The Secretary of State may make codes of practice in connection with—
(a)the exercise by police officers of a power conferred by this Act, and
(b)the seizure and retention of property found by police officers when exercising powers of search conferred by this Act.
(2)The Secretary of State may make codes of practice in connection with the exercise by members of Her Majesty's forces of a power conferred by this Act.
(3)Where the Secretary of State proposes to issue a code of practice he shall—
(a)publish a draft,
(b)consider any representations made to him about the draft, and
(c)if he thinks it appropriate, modify the draft in the light of any representations made to him.
(4)The Secretary of State shall lay a draft of the code before Parliament.
(5)When the Secretary of State has laid a draft code before Parliament he may bring it into operation by order made by statutory instrument.
(6)The Secretary of State may revise the whole or any part of a code of practice issued by him and issue the code as revised; and subsections (3) to (5) shall apply to such a revised code as they apply to an original code.
(7)In this section “police officer” means a member of the Police Service of Northern Ireland or the Police Service of Northern Ireland Reserve.
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