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BILL

TO

Make provision for the destruction of certain property found in prisons and
similar institutions.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Power to destroy or otherwise dispose of property

(1) After section 42 of the Prison Act 1952 insert—

Disposal of property

42A Disposal of unauthorised or unattributable property

(1) 5The governor or director of a prison may destroy or otherwise dispose
of, or arrange for the destruction or other disposal of—

(a) an article found in the possession of a prisoner who is not
authorised to have it in his or her possession, or

(b) an article found inside the prison or in a prisoner escort vehicle,
10otherwise than in the possession of a prisoner, where—

(i) the owner of the article is a prisoner who is not
authorised to have it in his or her possession, or

(ii) the owner of the article cannot be ascertained.

(2) An article which a prisoner is authorised to have in his or her
15possession is to be treated for the purposes of subsection (1) as not so
authorised where the governor or director of the prison reasonably
believes that the article is being, has been or may be used for any of the
purposes mentioned in subsection (3).

(3) Those purposes are—

(a) 20concealing an article which a prisoner is not authorised to have
in his or her possession;

(b) causing harm to the prisoner or others;

(c) prejudicing the security or operation of the prison.

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(4) Where a prisoner is authorised to have an article in his or her
possession in a particular part of the prison, subsection (1)(a) or (b)(i)
applies only where the property is found otherwise than in that part.

(5) In this section—

(a) 5“authorised” means authorised in accordance with prison rules
or by the governor or director of the prison;

(b) “prisoner escort vehicle” means a vehicle used for taking a
prisoner to or from a prison or other place while in custody;

(c) references to disposing of an article include selling it.

(6) 10The power under subsection (1)

(a) may be exercised in relation to a relevant article found before
the day on which this section comes into force if the article
remains unclaimed at the end of six months beginning with that
day;

(b) 15may not otherwise be exercised in relation to an article found
before that day.

(7) In subsection (6)(a) “relevant article” means an article specified in
section 40A(3)(c) or (d) (cameras and sound-recording devices) or
section 40D(3B) (devices capable of transmitting or receiving images,
20sounds or information by electronic communications, etc).

(2) In section 43 of that Act (power of Secretary of State to provide young offender
institutions and secure training centres), in subsections (4) and (4A), for “and
36” substitute “, 36 and 42A”.

2 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) 25This Act extends to England and Wales only.

(2) Section 1 comes into force on such day as the Secretary of State may by order
made by statutory instrument appoint.

(3) This section comes into force on the day on which this Act is passed.

(4) This Act may be cited as the Prisons (Property) Act 2013.

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