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(1) The Secretary of State may supply information, including social security information, to any civil servant or other person for the purpose of the provision of services of the kind mentioned in section 114(1).
(2) In this section “social security information” means personal information about a young person which is obtained by the Secretary of State in the course of the exercise of a function under—
(a) the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992, or
(b) the Social Security Administration Act 1992.
(3) For the purposes of subsection (2) “personal information” means, in relation to a young person—
(a) his name, address and date of birth, and
(b) the name and address of a parent of his.
(4) A person commits an offence if he discloses information supplied to him under subsection (1) unless the disclosure is made—
(a) for the purpose of the provision of services in pursuance of section 114(1),
(b) in accordance with an enactment or an order of a court,
(c) for the purpose of actual or contemplated proceedings before a court,
(d) with consent given by or on behalf of the person to whom the information relates, or
(e) in such a way as to prevent the identification of the person to whom it relates.
(5) It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that he reasonably believed that his disclosure was lawful.
(6) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable—
(a) on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, to a fine or to both, or
(b) on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum or to both.
To be appointed: see s 154(1)(b).