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Energy Act 2008

New section 5C: Offences under section 5B: supplemental

376.Section 5C makes further provision in respect of proceedings brought in England and Wales and Northern Ireland for offences committed under section 5B.

377.Subsection (1) provides that in England and Wales no proceedings for an offence under section 5B may be instituted except by the Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions, or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Subsection (2) provides that in Northern Ireland no proceedings can be instituted except by the Commissioners or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

378.Subsection (3) provides that the maximum term of imprisonment that can be imposed on summary conviction in Northern Ireland is 6 months rather than 12 months.

379.Subsection (4) provides that if the offence is committed in England and Wales before commencement of section 282 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 (c.44), the maximum imprisonment on summary conviction is 6 months rather than 12 months.

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