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House of Commons

 
 

Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Thursday 28th June 2007

 

For other Amendment(s) see the following page(s) of Supplement to Votes:

 

88-105

 

Public Bill Committee


 

Serious Crime Bill [Lords]

 

Role of Information Commissioner

 

Nick Herbert

 

nc12

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

Section 51 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (c.29) (general duties of the

 

Commissioner) is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

In subsection (7), at the beginning insert “Subject to subsection (7A),”.

 

(3)    

After subsection (7), insert—

 

“(7A)    

The Information Commissioner may, on his own intiaitive, assess any

 

data processing conducted under sections 63 to 67 of the Serious Crime

 

Act 2007.”’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

177

 

Page  36,  line  45,  leave out Clause 66.

 

Nick Herbert

 

178

 

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

 

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—


 
 

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“(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 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

 

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

 

184

 

Schedule  8,  page  105,  line  8,  at end insert—

 

            

‘After section 60ZA(6) of that Act (SOCA) insert—

 

“(7)    

An agreement or order under this section must not provide for

 

procedures in relation to so much of any complaint or matter as relates

 

to any functions of the Agency mentioned in section 2A of the Serious

 

Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (c. 15) (functions as to the

 

recovery of assets).”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

185

 

Schedule  8,  page  105,  line  15,  at end insert—


 
 

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Police Reform Act 2002 (c. 30)

 

            

After section 10(8) of the Police Reform Act 2002 (c. 30) (general functions of

 

the Independent Police Complaints Commission) insert—

 

“(9)    

Nothing in this Part shall confer any function on the Commission in

 

relation to so much of any complaint, conduct matter or DSI matter as

 

relates to—

 

(a)    

any functions of the Serious Organised Crime Agency

 

mentioned in section 2A of the Serious Organised Crime and

 

Police Act 2005 (c. 15) (functions as to the recovery of

 

assets); or

 

(b)    

the functions of the National Policing Improvement Agency

 

under section 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29)

 

(accreditation and training of financial investigators).”

 

            

After section 26A(4) of that Act (SOCA) insert—

 

“(4A)    

An agreement under this section must not provide for procedures in

 

relation to so much of any complaint, conduct matter or DSI matter as

 

relates to any functions of the Agency mentioned in section 2A of the

 

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (c. 15) (functions as to

 

the recovery of assets).”

 

            

After section 26B(4) of that Act (National Policing Improvement Agency)

 

insert—

 

“(4A)    

An agreement under this section must not provide for procedures in

 

relation to so much of any complaint, conduct matter or DSI matter as

 

relates to the functions of the Agency under section 3 of the Proceeds

 

of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29) (accreditation and training of financial

 

investigators).”’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

186

 

Schedule  8,  page  105,  line  28,  at end insert—

 

            

‘In section 37(1) of that Act (prosecutors) after “section 35” insert “(including

 

any function mentioned in subsection (4A) of that section)”.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

187

 

Schedule  8,  page  106,  line  31,  at end insert—

 

  ‘(1)  

Section 5 of that Act (SOCA’s general powers) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (2)(d) after “or 3” insert “or mentioned in section 2A,”.

 

      (3)  

In subsection (3) after “3” insert “or mentioned in section 2A”.

 

      (4)  

In subsection (4) after “section” insert “2A or”.’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

188

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  18,  after ‘Secretary of State’, insert ‘, the Treasury’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

189

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  20,  after ‘Secretary of State’, insert ‘or the Treasury’.


 
 

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Serious Crime Bill [Lords], continued

 
 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

190

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  25,  after ‘Secretary of State’, insert ‘or (as the case may

 

be) the Treasury’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

191

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  34,  leave out ‘or 63’ and insert ‘, 63 or (Disclosure of

 

information by Revenue and Customs)’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

192

 

Schedule  15,  page  122,  line  33,  column 2, at end insert—

  

‘In section 51(1A), the words “, subject to section

 
  

33(1A) of this Act,”.’.

 
 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

193

 

Schedule  15,  page  127,  line  38,  column 2, at end insert—

  

‘Section 376.’.

 
 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

194

 

Clause  83,  page  44,  line  27,  after ‘(2);’, insert—

 

‘( )    

section (Powers of management receivers and enforcement receivers)(1)

 

and (2);’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

195

 

Clause  83,  page  45,  line  6,  after ‘(4);’, insert—

 

‘( )    

section (Powers of management receivers and enforcement receivers)(3)

 

and (4);’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

196

 

Clause  85,  page  45,  line  41,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Powers of management receivers and enforcement receivers

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

nc13

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

After section 49(8) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29) (opportunity for

 

persons to make representations before powers conferred on management

 

receivers to manage or otherwise deal with property: England and Wales)

 

insert—

 

“(8A)    

Subsection (8), so far as relating to the power mentioned in subsection

 

(2)(b), does not apply to property which—

 

(a)    

is perishable; or


 
 

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(b)    

ought to be disposed of before its value diminishes.”

 

(2)    

After section 51(8) of that Act (opportunity for persons to make representations

 

before powers conferred on enforcement receivers to manage or otherwise deal

 

with property: England and Wales) insert—

 

“(8A)    

Subsection (8), so far as relating to the power mentioned in subsection

 

(2)(b), does not apply to property which—

 

(a)    

is perishable; or

 

(b)    

ought to be disposed of before its value diminishes.”

 

(3)    

After section 197(8) of that Act (opportunity for persons to make representations

 

before powers conferred on management receivers to manage or otherwise deal

 

with property: Northern Ireland) insert—

 

“(8A)    

Subsection (8), so far as relating to the power mentioned in subsection

 

(2)(b), does not apply to property which—

 

(a)    

is perishable; or

 

(b)    

ought to be disposed of before its value diminishes.”

 

(4)    

After section 199(8) of that Act (opportunity for persons to make representations

 

before powers conferred on enforcement receivers to manage or otherwise deal

 

with property: Northern Ireland) insert—

 

“(8A)    

Subsection (8), so far as relating to the power mentioned in subsection

 

(2)(b), does not apply to property which—

 

(a)    

is perishable; or

 

(b)    

ought to be disposed of before its value diminishes.”’.

 

Disclosure of information by Revenue and Customs

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

nc14

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

This section applies to information held as mentioned in section 18(1) of the

 

Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 (c. 11) (confidentiality).

 

(2)    

Information to which this section applies may be disclosed by or with the

 

authority of the Commissioners of Revenue and Customs—

 

(a)    

to the Criminal Assets Bureau in Ireland (“the CAB”) for the purpose of

 

enabling or assisting the CAB to exercise any of its functions in

 

connection with any matter within subsection (3); or

 

(b)    

to any specified public authority (in the United Kingdom or elsewhere)—

 

(i)    

for the purpose of enabling or assisting the public authority to

 

exercise any of its functions in connection with any matter within

 

subsection (3); or

 

(ii)    

(if the specifying order so provides) for the purpose of enabling

 

or assisting the public authority to exercise any of its functions

 

in connection with any matter within that subsection that is

 

specified, or of a description specified, in the order.

 

(3)    

The matters within this subsection are—

 

(a)    

the identification of proceeds of crime;

 

(b)    

the bringing of civil proceedings for enforcement purposes in relation to

 

proceeds of crime; and

 

(c)    

the taking of other action in relation to proceeds of crime.


 
 

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(4)    

Information disclosed in accordance with subsection (2) must not be further

 

disclosed except—

 

(a)    

in connection with the exercise of any of the functions of the CAB or a

 

specified public authority in connection with any matter within

 

subsection (3) (or, in a subsection (2)(b)(ii) case, any such matter as is

 

mentioned there); and

 

(b)    

with the consent of the Commissioners of Revenue and Customs or an

 

authorised officer of the Commissioners of Revenue and Customs.

 

(5)    

For the purposes of this section any consent or authorisation may be general or

 

specific.

 

(6)    

If a person in the United Kingdom discloses, in contravention of subsection (4),

 

any revenue and customs information relating to a person whose identity—

 

(a)    

is specified in the disclosure; or

 

(b)    

can be deduced from it;

 

    

section 19 of the 2005 Act (wrongful disclosure) applies in relation to that

 

disclosure as it applies in relation to a disclosure of such information in

 

contravention of section 20(9) of that Act.

 

(7)    

Any reference in this section to a disclosure to the CAB or a specified public

 

authority is a reference to a disclosure to such person, or to persons of such

 

description, as may be specified in relation to the CAB or the public authority (as

 

the case may be).

 

(8)    

Nothing in this section authorises any disclosure of information which—

 

(a)    

contravenes the Data Protection Act 1998 (c. 29); or

 

(b)    

is prohibited by Part 1 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act

 

2000 (c. 23).

 

(9)    

In this section—

 

“the 2005 Act” means the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act

 

2005 (c. 11);

 

“assets” means property of any description, wherever situated;

 

“civil proceedings” means civil proceedings of whatever nature and

 

whether brought in the United Kingdom or elsewhere;

 

“Commissioners of Revenue and Customs” means the Commissioners for

 

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs;

 

“enforcement purposes”, in relation to the proceeds of crime, means with a

 

view to—

 

(a)    

recovering, forfeiting or freezing assets constituting proceeds of

 

crime; or

 

(b)    

otherwise depriving persons (to any extent) of, or of access to,

 

such assets or the benefit of such assets;

 

“functions” includes powers, duties and objectives, and references to the

 

exercise of functions include the pursuit of objectives;

 

“proceeds of crime” means assets derived, or suspected to be derived,

 

directly or indirectly from criminal conduct (wherever occurring);

 

“public authority” means any body or person discharging functions of a

 

public nature;

 

“revenue and customs information relating to a person” has the meaning

 

given by section 19(2) of the 2005 Act;

 

“specified” means specified in an order made by the Treasury; and

 

“the specifying order”, in relation to a specified public authority, means the

 

order specifying the authority for the purposes of this section.’.


 
 

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Mr Vernon Coaker

 

197

 

Title,  line  3,  after ‘fraud’, insert ‘or for purposes relating to proceeds of crime’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

198

 

Title,  line  9,  after ‘investigators’, insert ‘, management receivers and enforcement

 

receivers,’.

 

Nick Herbert

 

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)    

And 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

 

200

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  34,  after ‘29(6) or (11),’, insert ‘(Powers to wind up:

 

supplementary),’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

201

 

Clause  83,  page  44,  line  32,  leave out ‘29’ and insert ‘(Powers to wind up:

 

supplementary)’.

 

Powers to wind up: supplementary

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

NC15

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State may by order make such modifications as he considers

 

appropriate to the application of—

 

(a)    

the Insolvency Act 1986 (c. 45) by virtue of section 28(2); or

 

(b)    

the Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 (S.I. 1989/2405 (N.I.19))

 

by virtue of section 29(2).

 

(2)    

Any modifications made by virtue of subsection (1) are in addition to the

 

modifications made by section 28(3) and (4) or (as the case may be) section 29(3)

 

and (4).

 

(3)    

The Secretary of State may by order make such consequential or supplementary

 

provision, applying with or without modifications any provision made by or

 

under an enactment, as he considers appropriate in connection with section 28(2)

 

to (4) or 29(2) to (4).


 
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