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Public Bill Committee: 3rd July 2007                  

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Serious Crime Bill  [Lords], continued

 
 

“(7)    

In subsection (5) the reference to the enforcement authority is, in the

 

case of an enforcement authority in relation to England and Wales or

 

Northern Ireland, a reference to the enforcement authority which

 

obtained the property freezing order or interim receiving order

 

concerned.”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

180

 

Schedule  8,  page  94,  line  13,  at end insert—

 

            

‘After section 283(9) (compensation) insert—

 

“(10)    

In the case of an enforcement authority in relation to England and

 

Wales or Northern Ireland—

 

(a)    

the reference in subsection (5) to the enforcement authority is

 

a reference to the enforcement authority which obtained the

 

property freezing order or interim receiving order concerned,

 

and

 

(b)    

the reference in subsection (8) to the enforcement authority is

 

a reference to the enforcement authority which obtained the

 

recovery order concerned.”’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

168

 

Schedule  8,  page  96,  line  38,  leave out paragraph 100.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

202

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  14,  leave out from beginning to ‘for’ and insert—

 

    ‘(1)  

Section 352 (search and seizure warrants) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (5)(b)’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

203

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  15,  after second ‘staff’, insert ‘or of the staff of the

 

relevant Director”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (5) insert—

 

“(5A)    

In this Part “relevant Director”—

 

(a)    

in relation to England and Wales, means the Director of Public

 

Prosecutions, the Director of Revenue and Customs

 

Prosecutions or the Director of the Serious Fraud Office; and

 

(b)    

in relation to Northern Ireland, means the Director of the

 

Serious Fraud Office or the Director of Public Prosecutions

 

for Northern Ireland.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

204

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  17,  after second ‘staff’, insert ‘or of the staff of the

 

relevant Director’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

205

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  21,  leave out ‘a member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert ‘an


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3rd July 2007                  

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

206

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  23,  leave out ‘a member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert ‘the

 

relevant authority’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

207

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  23,  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

After subsection (2) insert—

 

“(2A)    

The relevant authority may only make an application for a disclosure

 

order in relation to a confiscation investigation if the relevant authority

 

is in receipt of a request to do so from an appropriate officer.”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

208

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  24,  leave out ‘a member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert ‘an

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

209

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  26,  leave out ‘a member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert ‘an

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

210

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  29,  leave out ‘member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert

 

‘appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

211

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  30,  leave out ‘member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert

 

‘appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

212

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

    ‘( )  

After subsection (6) insert—

 

“(7)    

In this Part “relevant authority” means—

 

(a)    

in relation to a confiscation investigation, a prosecutor; and

 

(b)    

in relation to a civil recovery investigation, a member of

 

SOCA’s staff or the relevant Director.

 

(8)    

For the purposes of subsection (7)(a) a prosecutor is—

 

(a)    

in relation to a confiscation investigation carried out by a

 

member of SOCA’s staff, the relevant Director or any

 

specified person;

 

(b)    

in relation to a confiscation investigation carried out by an

 

accredited financial investigator, the Director of Public

 

Prosecutions, the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern

 

Ireland or any specified person;


 
 

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

(c)    

in relation to a confiscation investigation carried out by a

 

constable, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Director of

 

Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, the Director of the

 

Serious Fraud Office or any specified person; and

 

(d)    

in relation to a confiscation investigation carried out by an

 

officer of Revenue and Customs, the Director of Revenue and

 

Customs Prosecutions, the Director of Public Prosecutions for

 

Northern Ireland or any specified person.

 

(9)    

In subsection (8) “specified person” means any person specified, or

 

falling within a description specified, by an order of the Secretary of

 

State.”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

213

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  33,  leave out ‘A member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert ‘An

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

214

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  34,  leave out ‘a member of SOCA’s staff’ and insert ‘an

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

215

 

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Schedule  8,  page  97,  line  35,  leave out from beginning to end of line 36 and

 

insert—

 

    (1)  

Section 362 (supplementary) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (3)(a) for “Director” substitute “person who applied for the

 

order”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (4) insert—

 

“(4A)    

If a member of SOCA’s staff or a person falling within a description

 

of persons specified by virtue of section 357(9) applies for a disclosure

 

order, an application to discharge or vary the order need not be by the

 

same member of SOCA’s staff or (as the case may be) the same person

 

falling within that description.

 

(4B)    

References to a person who applied for a disclosure order must be

 

construed accordingly.”

 

      (4)  

In subsection (5) for “(4)” substitute “(4B)”.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

181

 

Schedule  8,  page  98,  line  9,  leave out from beginning to end of line 20 and insert—

 

            

‘Omit section 376 (evidence overseas).’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

216

 

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Schedule  8,  page  98,  line  21,  leave out from beginning to end of line and insert—

 

    (1)  

Section 377 (code of practice) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In the heading after “practice” insert “of Secretary of State etc.”.

 

    (3)  

In subsection (1)—’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3rd July 2007                  

141

 

Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

217

 

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Schedule  8,  page  98,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(4)  

In subsection (9)—

 

(a)    

after “officer” insert “or the relevant authority”; and

 

(b)    

for “he” substitute “either”.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

218

 

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Schedule  8,  page  98,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

            

‘After section 377 (code of practice of Secretary of State etc.) insert—

 

“377A

Code of practice of Attorney General or Advocate General for

 

Northern Ireland

 

(1)    

The Attorney General must prepare a code of practice as to—

 

(a)    

the exercise by the Director of Public Prosecutions, the

 

Director of Revenue and Customs Prosecutions and the

 

Director of the Serious Fraud Office of functions they have

 

under this Chapter; and

 

(b)    

the exercise by any other person, who is the relevant authority

 

by virtue of section 357(9) in relation to a confiscation

 

investigation, of functions he has under this Chapter in

 

relation to England and Wales as the relevant authority.

 

(2)    

The Advocate General for Northern Ireland must prepare a code of

 

practice as to—

 

(a)    

the exercise by the Director of Public Prosecutions for

 

Northern Ireland of functions he has under this Chapter; and

 

(b)    

the exercise by any other person, who is the relevant authority

 

by virtue of section 357(9) in relation to a confiscation

 

investigation, of functions he has under this Chapter in

 

relation to Northern Ireland as the relevant authority.

 

(3)    

After preparing a draft of the code the Attorney General or (as the case

 

may be) the Advocate General for Northern Ireland—

 

(a)    

must publish the draft;

 

(b)    

must consider any representations made to him about the

 

draft;

 

(c)    

may amend the draft accordingly.

 

(4)    

After the Attorney General or the Advocate General for Northern

 

Ireland has proceeded under subsection (3) he must lay the code before

 

Parliament.

 

(5)    

When the code has been so laid the Attorney General or (as the case

 

may be) the Advocate General for Northern Ireland may bring the

 

code into operation on such day as he may appoint by order.

 

(6)    

A person specified in subsection (1)(a) or (b) or (2)(a) or (b) must

 

comply with a code of practice which is in operation under this section

 

in the exercise of any function he has under this Chapter to which the

 

code relates.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3rd July 2007                  

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

(7)    

If such a person fails to comply with any provision of such a code of

 

practice the person is not by reason only of that failure liable in any

 

criminal or civil proceedings.

 

(8)    

But the code of practice is admissible in evidence in such proceedings

 

and a court may take account of any failure to comply with its

 

provisions in determining any question in the proceedings.

 

(9)    

The Attorney General or (as the case may be) the Advocate General

 

for Northern Ireland may from time to time revise a code previously

 

brought into operation under this section; and the preceding provisions

 

of this section apply to a revised code as they apply to the code as first

 

prepared.

 

(10)    

In this section references to the Advocate General for Northern Ireland

 

are to be read, before the coming into force of section 27(1) of the

 

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26), as references to the

 

Attorney General for Northern Ireland.”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

219

 

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Schedule  8,  page  98,  line  32,  after ‘staff’, insert ‘or the relevant Director’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

220

 

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Schedule  8,  page  99,  line  3,  after ‘provisions)’, insert ‘—

 

(a)    

after the entry for production order insert—

 

“relevant authority: section 357(7) to (9)

 

relevant Director: section 352(5A)”; and

 

(b)    

’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

221

 

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Schedule  8,  page  99,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘114A    

After section 449 (pseudonyms) insert—

 

“449A

Staff of relevant Directors: pseudonyms

 

(1)    

This section applies to a member of the staff of the relevant Director

 

if—

 

(a)    

the member is to exercise a function as a member of that staff

 

under, or in relation to, Part 8; and

 

(b)    

it is necessary or expedient for the purpose of exercising that

 

function for the member of staff to identify himself by name.

 

(2)    

The relevant Director may direct that such a member of staff may for

 

that purpose identify himself by means of a pseudonym.

 

(3)    

For the purposes of any proceedings or application under this Act, a

 

certificate signed by the relevant Director which sufficiently identifies

 

the member of staff by reference to the pseudonym is conclusive

 

evidence that that member of staff is authorised to use the pseudonym.

 

(4)    

In any proceedings or application under this Act a member of the staff

 

of the relevant Director in respect of whom a direction under this


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 3rd July 2007                  

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

section is in force must not be asked (and if asked is not required to

 

answer) any question which is likely to reveal his true identity.

 

(5)    

The relevant Director may not delegate the exercise of his functions

 

under this section or otherwise authorise another person to exercise

 

those functions on his behalf.

 

(6)    

In this section “relevant Director” has the meaning given by section

 

352(5A).”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

222

 

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Schedule  8,  page  99,  line  4,  at end insert—

 

‘114B (1)  

Section 459 (orders and regulations) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (3) after “instrument” insert “(other than the power of the

 

Advocate General for Northern Ireland to make an order under section

 

377A(5) which is exercisable by statutory rule for the purposes of the Statutory

 

Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979 (S.I. 1979/1573 (N.I.12)))”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (4)(a) after “377(4)” insert “, 377A(5)”.

 

      (4)  

After subsection (6)(a) insert—

 

“(aa)    

by the Attorney General or the Advocate General for Northern

 

Ireland under section 377A(5) unless a draft of the order has

 

been laid before Parliament and approved by a resolution of

 

each House;”.

 

      (5)  

After subsection (7) insert—

 

“(8)    

In this section references to the Advocate General for Northern Ireland

 

are to be read, before the coming into force of section 27(1) of the

 

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26), as references to the

 

Attorney General for Northern Ireland.”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

223

 

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Schedule  8,  page  100,  leave out lines 6 to 11.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

224

 

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Schedule  8,  page  100,  line  12,  leave out ‘References’ and insert ‘The reference’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

225

 

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Schedule  8,  page  100,  line  13,  leave out ‘are’ and insert ‘is’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

226

 

Parliamentary Star - white    

Schedule  8,  page  100,  line  14,  leave out ‘references’ and insert ‘a reference’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

227

 

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Schedule  8,  page  100,  line  31,  after ‘Part 5’, insert ‘or 8’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

228

 

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Schedule  8,  page  100,  line  34,  after ‘Part 5’, insert ‘or 8’.


 
 

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Mr Vernon Coaker

 

229

 

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Schedule  8,  page  100,  line  37,  after ‘Part 5’, insert ‘or 8’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

230

 

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Schedule  8,  page  101,  line  31,  leave out from beginning to end of line 32 and

 

insert—

 

    (1)  

Section 443 (enforcement in different parts of the United Kingdom) is

 

amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (3)(a) for “and the Director” substitute “, SOCA and the relevant

 

Director”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (4) insert—

 

“(5)    

In this section “relevant Director” has the meaning given by section

 

352(5A).”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

231

 

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Schedule  8,  page  101,  line  36,  after ‘SOCA’, insert ‘, the Director of Public

 

Prosecutions, the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, the Director of

 

Revenue and Customs Prosecutions’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

182

 

Schedule  8,  page  103,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

            

‘In section 51(1A) of that Act (interpretation) omit “, subject to section 33(1A)

 

of this Act,”.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

183

 

Schedule  8,  page  103,  line  32,  leave out from ‘paragraph’ to ‘conferred’ in line 33

 

and insert ‘(fe), insert—

 

(ff)    

to discharge such duties as are’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

232

 

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Schedule  8,  page  103,  line  34,  after ‘Part 5’, insert ‘or 8’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

233

 

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Schedule  8,  page  103,  line  35,  after ‘conduct’, insert ‘, civil recovery investigations

 

and disclosure orders in relation to confiscation investigations’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

234

 

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Schedule  8,  page  104,  line  15,  after ‘Part 5’, insert ‘or 8’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

235

 

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Schedule  8,  page  104,  line  16,  after ‘conduct’, insert ‘, civil recovery investigations

 

and disclosure orders in relation to confiscation investigations’.


 
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