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House of Commons

 
 

Thursday 5th July 2007

 

Public Bill Committee

 

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords]


 

Note

 

The Amendments have been arranged in accordance with the Order of the

 

Committee [26th June 2007].

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

154

 

Clause  63,  page  33,  line  26,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

No disclosure may be made under this section until the Secretary of State has

 

published a Code setting out the terms of any arrangements under subsection (1),

 

above.

 

(1B)    

No Code shall be published under subsection (1A) until a draft has been laid

 

before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.’.

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

155

 

Clause  64,  page  34,  line  33,  leave out subparagraph (ii).

 


 

James Brokenshire

 

178

 

Clause  65,  page  36,  line  6,  leave out ‘two’ and insert ‘four’.

 



 
 

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James Brokenshire

 

177

 

Page  36,  line  45,  leave out Clause 66.

 


 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

148

 

Schedule  7,  page  73,  line  32,  leave out from beginning to end of line 34 and

 

insert—

 

‘(iv)    

a body to which Article 90 of the Health and

 

Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order

 

1972 (S.I. 1972/1265 (N.I. 14)) applies;’.

 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

14

 

Schedule  7,  page  75,  line  11,  leave out ‘keep under’.

 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

15

 

Schedule  7,  page  75,  line  11,  after ‘review’, insert ‘on an annual basis’.

 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

13

 

Schedule  7,  page  75,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

    ‘(5)  

No information may be disclosed under Section 63 of the Serious Crime Act

 

2007 before the publication by the Commission of the code.’.

 

James Brokenshire

 

241

 

Schedule  7,  page  75,  line  24,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

The code shall not have effect until a draft has been laid before, and approved by

 

a resolution of, both Houses of Parliament.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

149

 

Schedule  7,  page  78,  line  38,  leave out from beginning to end of line 40 and

 

insert—

 

‘(iv)    

a body to which Article 90 of the Health and

 

Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order

 

1972 (S.I. 1972/1265 (N.I. 14)) applies;’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

150

 

Schedule  7,  page  84,  line  25,  leave out from beginning to end of line 27 and

 

insert—


 
 

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‘(i)    

a body to which Article 90 of the Health and

 

Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order

 

1972 (NI 14) applies;’.

 


 

James Brokenshire

 

199

 

Clause  68,  page  37,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (c. 15) is amended as follows.

 

(3B)    

After section 7(6), insert—

 

“(6A)    

It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to make a motion in the House

 

of Commons in respect of the annual report laid under subsection (6)

 

within three months of the date on which the report was laid.”

 

(3C)    

After section 7(7), insert—

 

“(7A)    

It shall be the duty of Scottish Ministers to make a motion in the Scottish

 

Parliament in respect of the annual report laid under subsection (7) within

 

three months of the date on which the report was laid.”’.

 


 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

179

 

Schedule  8,  page  94,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

            

‘After section 272(6) (compensation for loss in relation to associated and joint

 

property) insert—

 

“(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.”’.


 
 

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Mr Douglas Hogg

 

168

 

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

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

202

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

relevant Director’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

205

 

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

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

206

 

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

 

relevant authority’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

207

 

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

 

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

 

appropriate officer’.


 
 

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Mr Vernon Coaker

 

209

 

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

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

210

 

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

 

‘appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

211

 

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

 

‘appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

212

 

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;

 

(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

 

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

 

appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

214

 

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


 
 

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appropriate officer’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

215

 

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

 

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)—’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

217

 

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

 

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


 
 

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(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.

 

(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

 

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


 
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