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Commencement Orders bringing legislation that affects this Act into force:
(1)The Sexual Offences Act, 1956, shall be amended as follows:—
(a)For section seven there shall be substituted the following section:—
(1)It is an offence, subject to the exception mentioned in this section, for a man to have unlawful sexual intercourse with a woman who is a defective.
(2)A man is not guilty of an offence under this section because he has unlawful sexual intercourse with a woman if he does not know and has no reason to suspect her to be a defective.”
(b)for section forty-five there shall be substituted the following section:—
In this Act “defective” means a person suffering from severe subnormality within the meaning of the Mental Health Act, 1959.”
and section eight of that Act shall cease to have effect.
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