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|Theft Act 1968 (c. 60)|
Husband and wife.— (1) This Act shall apply in relation to the parties to a marriage, and to property belonging to the wife or husband whether or not by reason of an interest derived from the marriage, as it would apply if they were not married and any such interest subsisted independently of the marriage.
this subsection shall not apply to proceedings against a person for an offence—(i) if that person is charged with committing the offence jointly with the wife or husband; or(ii) if by virtue of any judicial decree or order (wherever made) that person and the wife or husband are at the time of the offence under no obligation to cohabit; . . .
to an arrest (if without warrant) made by the wife or husband, and
to a warrant of arrest issued on an information laid by the wife or husband.
Effect on civil proceedings and rights.— (1) A person shall not be excused, by reason that to do so may incriminate that person or the wife or husband of that person of an offence under this Act—
from answering any question put to that person in proceedings for the recovery or administration of any property, for the execution of any trust or for an account of any property or dealings with property; or
from complying with any order made in any such proceedings;
Effect on existing law and construction of references to offences.— (1) The following offences are hereby abolished for all purposes not relating to offences committed before the commencement of this Act, that is to say—
any offence at common law of larceny, robbery, burglary, receiving stolen property, obtaining property by threats, extortion by colour or office or franchise, false accounting by public officers, concealment of treasure trove and, except as regards offences relating to the public revenue, cheating; and
any offence under an enactment mentioned in Part I of Schedule 3 to this Act, to the extent to which the offence depends on any section or part of a section included in column 3 of that Schedule;
references in any enactment passed before this Act to an offence abolished by this Act shall, subject to any express amendment or repeal made by this Act, have effect as references to the corresponding offence under this Act, and in any such enactment the expression “receive”(when it relates to an offence of receiving) shall mean handle, and “receiver” shall be construed accordingly; and
without prejudice to paragraph (a) above, references in any enactment, whenever passed, to theft or stealing (including references to stolen goods), and references to robbery, blackmail, burglary, aggravated burglary or handling stolen goods, shall be construed in accordance with the provisions of this Act, including those of section 24.
Miscellaneous and consequential amendments, and repeal.— (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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