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Defence Reform Act 2014

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Power to prohibit disclosure

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6(1)The Secretary of State may by order—

(a)prohibit the disclosure of information to which this Schedule applies;

(b)provide that a prohibition imposed by virtue of paragraph (a) is subject to exceptions corresponding to those set out in paragraphs 3 to 5 (other than paragraph 5(1)(g));

(c)provide that a person who discloses information in contravention of such a prohibition commits an offence punishable—

(i)on summary conviction, with imprisonment for not more than 12 months or with a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both), or

(ii)on conviction on indictment, with imprisonment for not more than two years or with a fine (or both).

(2)The reference in sub-paragraph (1)(c)(i) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to 6 months—

(a)in its application to England and Wales in relation to an offence committed before the date on which section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 comes into force, and

(b)in its application to Northern Ireland.

(3)An order under sub-paragraph (1) may repeal paragraphs 2 to 5.

(4)If section 85(1) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force on or before the day on which this Act is passed—

(a)section 85 of that Act (removal of limit on certain fines on conviction by magistrates’ court) applies in relation to the power under sub-paragraph (1)(c)(i) on or after that day as if it were a relevant power (as defined in section 85(3) of that Act), and

(b)regulations described in section 85(11) of that Act may amend, repeal or otherwise modify sub-paragraph (1)(c)(i).

(5)An order under sub-paragraph (1) is to be made by statutory instrument.

(6)A statutory instrument containing an order under sub-paragraph (1) may not be made unless a draft of it has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

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