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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

Section 77: Piloting of alcohol abstinence and monitoring requirements

424.Section 77 requires the provisions creating the new alcohol abstinence and monitoring requirement to be commenced initially for the purposes of a pilot. Subsection (1) allows the Secretary of State (after having made a piloting order or orders) to make a general commencement order. Under subsection (5)(a) an order made by the Secretary of State may amend the alcohol abstinence and monitoring requirement provisions under section 76 to enable the provisions to be brought into force generally with amendments, and subsection (5)(b) would allow the Secretary of State to amend other provisions of the Act in consequence of these changes. Subsection (6)(a) makes it clear that subsection (5)(a) includes a power to confer order or rule making powers on the Secretary of State.

425.Subsection (7) contains a power exercisable by the Secretary of State, after having made a piloting order or orders, to make an order to repeal section 76, to amend the 2003 Act to reverse the effect of that section on that Act or to make other consequential amendments or repeals.

426.Subsection (9) provides for an order under the new section to be made by statutory instrument. Subsection (10) provides that a general commencement order, or an order to amend or to repeal section 76, may not be made unless the order has been laid before and approved by each House of Parliament.

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