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Exorcism of Children (Prohibition) Bill

This is the text of the Exorcism of Children (Prohibition) Bill, as presented to the House of Commons on 15th February 2001.

Exorcism of Children (Prohibition) Bill
1.Exorcism not to be performed on persons under 16
2.Definition of "exorcism".
3.Short title and extent





Prohibit the practice of exorcism on young persons under the age of 16.

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:-

Exorcism not to be performed on persons under 16     1. - (1) A person commits an offence if he performs an exorcism on any person under 16.
      (2) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term of not more than six months, or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale, or both.
Definition of "exorcism".     2. In this Act, "exorcism" means any rite or ceremony the purpose of which is, or purports to be, to rid an individual of a menacing or oppressive condition or thing.
Short title and extent     3. - (1) This act may be cited as the Exorcism of Children (Prohibition) Act 2001.
      (2) This Act extends to England and Wales.

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