5 Drug testing for under-eighteens
5 Drug testing for under-eighteens

(1)     The 1984 Act is amended as follows.

(2)     In section 38 (duties of custody officer after charge)—

(a)     in subsection (1)—

(i)     for sub-paragraph (iiia) of paragraph (a) there is substituted—

“(iiia)     except in a case where (by virtue of subsection (9) of section 63B below) that section does not apply, the custody officer has reasonable grounds for believing that the detention of the person is necessary to enable a sample to be taken from him under that section;”,

(ii)     in sub-paragraph (i) of paragraph (b), after “satisfied” there is inserted “ (but, in the case of paragraph (a)(iiia) above, only if the arrested juvenile has attained the minimum age)”,

(b)     in subsection (6A), after the definition of “local authority accommodation” there is inserted—

““minimum age” means the age specified in section 63B(3) below;”.

(3)     In section 63B (testing for presence of Class A drugs)—

(a)     . . .

(b)     after subsection (5) there is inserted—

“(5A)     In the case of a person who has not attained the age of 17—

(a)     the making of the request under subsection (4) above;