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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Preliminary

    1. 1—5.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  3. Part II Local Authority Services

    1. General Provisions

      1. 6, 7.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 8. Functions of welfare authorities.

      3. 9. Functions of children authorities.

      4. 10.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      5. 11—13.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  4. Part III Mental Nursing Homes, Residential Homes, etc.

    1. 14—18.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 19—21.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 22.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 23.(1) . . . . . . . . ....

    5. 24.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  5. Part IV Compulsory Admission to Hospital and Guardianship

    1. 25—35.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 36.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 37—43.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 44.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 45—59.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  6. Part V Admission of Patients Concerned in Criminal Proceedings, etc., and Transfer of Patients under Sentence

    1. 60.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 61.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 62—68.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 69.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 70—76.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 77, 78.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    7. 79.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    8. 80.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  7. Part VI Removal and Return of Patients within United Kingdom, etc.

    1. 81.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 82—84.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 85.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    4. 87.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    5. 89, 90.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    6. 91.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    7. 92—96.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  8. Part VII Special Hospitals

    1. 97, 98.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 99.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  9. Part VIII Management of Property and Affairs of Patients

    1. 100—119.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. 120.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    3. 121.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  10. Part IX Miscellaneous and General

    1. 122—124.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    2. Offences

      1. 125, 126.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 127. Amendment of Sexual Offences Act, 1956.

      3. 128.Sexual intercourse with patients.

      4. 129, 130.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      5. 131.Prosecutions by local authorities.

    3. Miscellaneous provisions

      1. 132, 133.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      2. 134.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      3. 135—138.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      4. 139—141. Supplemental

      5. 142. Default powers of Minister.

      6. 143. Inquiries.

      7. 144. Expenses.

      8. 145. General provisions as to regulations, orders and rules.

      9. 146.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      10. 147, 148.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      11. 149. Minor and consequential amendments and repeals.

      12. 150. Application to Scotland.

      13. 151.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      14. 152. Application to Northern Ireland.

      15. 153.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

      16. 154. Short title and application to Scilly Isles.

  11. SCHEDULES

    1. FIRST SCHEDULE

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    2. SECOND SCHEDULE

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    3. THIRD SCHEDULE

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    4. FOURTH SCHEDULE

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    5. FIFTH SCHEDULE

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    6. SIXTH SCHEDULE

      Transitional Provisions

      1. Part I

        1. 1, 2.. . . . . . . . . ....

      2. Part II

        1. 3—6.. . . . . . . . . ....

      3. Part III Provisions relating to Parts IV and V

        1. 7—14.. . . . . . . . . ....

        2. Transferred patients

          1. 15.(1) . . . . . . . . ....

          2. 16—23.. . . . . . . . . ....

      4. Part IV

        1. 24—28.. . . . . . . . . ....

    7. Seventh Schedule

      MINOR AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS

      1. Part I

        1. AMENDMENTS EXTENDING TO ENGLAND AND WALES ONLY

          1. Enactment Amendment The Fines and Recoveries Act , 1833, 3...

      2. PART II OTHER AMENDMENTS

    8. EIGHTH SCHEDULE

      1. . . . . . . . . . ....

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