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House of Commons

 
 

Tuesday 10th July 2007

 

Public Bill Committee Proceedings

 

Serious Crime Bill [Lords]


 

[ninth and tenth SITTINGS]


 

Schedule 9 Agreed to.

 

Clauses 69 to 71 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 10 Agreed to.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not selected  156

 

Page  40,  line  17,  leave out Clause 72.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not selected  157

 

Page  40,  line  34,  leave out Clause 73.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  239

 

Schedule  11,  page  115,  line  27,  at end insert—

 

‘   (1)  

Section 302A (powers for prosecutors to appear in proceedings) (as inserted by

 

section (Powers for prosecutors to appear in cash recovery proceedings)(1)

 

above) is amended as follows.

 

      (2)  

In subsection (1)—

 

(a)    

after “constable”, in the first place where it appears, insert “or an

 

accredited financial investigator”; and

 

(b)    

after “constable”, in the second place where it appears, insert “or (as

 

the case may be) an accredited financial investigator”.

 

      (3)  

After subsection (3) insert—


 
 

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“(4)    

The references in subsection (1) to an accredited financial investigator

 

do not include an accredited financial investigator who is an officer of

 

Revenue and Customs but the references in subsection (2) to an officer

 

of Revenue and Customs do include an accredited financial

 

investigator who is an officer of Revenue and Customs.”’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not selected  158

 

Page  40,  line  38,  leave out Clause 74.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not selected  159

 

Page  41,  line  43,  leave out Clause 75.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clauses 76 and 77 Agreed to.

 

Schedule 12 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Withdrawn  160

 

Clause  78,  page  43,  line  10,  after first ‘may’, insert ‘, without lawful authority or

 

reasonable excuse,’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not called  161

 

Clause  78,  page  43,  line  10,  after ‘firearms’, insert ‘, explosives or any noxious

 

substance’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Not selected  171

 

Page  43,  line  8,  leave out Clause 78.

 

Clause Disagreed to.

 



 
 

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Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  188

 

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

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  189

 

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

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  190

 

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

 

be) the Treasury’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not called  164

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  25,  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

No order made by the Secretary of State shall amend or repeal any provision of

 

another Act.’.

 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

Negatived on division  12

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  26,  after ‘58(3)’, insert ‘, 63,’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not called  165

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  26,  leave out ‘or paragraph 100 of Schedule 8’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Negatived on division  163

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  27,  leave out from ‘8,’ to end of line 28 and insert ‘except

 

under the super-affirmative resolution procedure as set out in section 18 of the Legislative

 

and Regulatory Reform Act 2006 (c. 51).’.

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not called  166

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  29,  leave out subsections (4) and (5).

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  200

 

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

 

supplementary),’.

 

Mr Jeremy Browne

 

Not called  11

 

Clause  79,  page  43,  line  34,  leave out ‘or 63’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  191

 

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

 

information by Revenue and Customs)’.


 
 

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Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not called  162

 

Clause  80,  page  44,  line  6,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Mr Douglas Hogg

 

Not selected  167

 

Page  44,  line  1,  leave out Clause 80.

 

Clause Agreed to.

 

Clause 81 Agreed to.

 


 

Maria Eagle

 

Agreed to  170

 

Schedule  14,  page  121,  line  41,  at end insert—

 

‘   (1)  

This paragraph applies where, in any proceedings—

 

(a)    

a person (“D”) is charged in respect of the same act both with an

 

offence under section 41 and with the common law offence of inciting

 

the commission of another offence;

 

(b)    

the only thing preventing D from being found guilty of the offence

 

under section 41 is the fact that it has not been proved beyond

 

reasonable doubt that the time when the act took place was after the

 

coming into force of that section; and

 

(c)    

the only thing preventing D from being found guilty of the common

 

law offence is that it has not been proved beyond reasonable doubt that

 

that time was before the coming into force of section 55.

 

      (2)  

For the purpose of determining D’s guilt it shall be conclusively presumed that

 

the time when the act took place was before the coming into force of section

 

41.’.

 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 82 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  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,”.’.

 

 
 

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Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  193

 

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

  

‘Section 376.’.

 
 

Schedule, as amended, Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  194

 

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

 

‘( )    

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

 

and (2);’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  201

 

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

 

supplementary)’.

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  195

 

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

 

‘( )    

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

 

and (4);’.

 

Clause, as amended, Agreed to.

 

Clause 84 Agreed to.

 


 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Agreed to  196

 

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

 

Clause Agreed to.

 


 

new clauses

 

Institution of proceedings for an offence under this Part

 

Maria Eagle

 

Clause added  NC8

 

To move the following Clause:—


 
 

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‘(1)    

Any provision to which this section applies has effect with respect to an offence

 

under this Part as it has effect with respect to the anticipated offence.

 

(2)    

This section applies to provisions made by or under an enactment (whenever

 

passed or made) that—

 

(a)    

provide that proceedings may not be instituted or carried on otherwise

 

than by, or on behalf or with the consent of, any person (including any

 

provision which also makes exceptions to the prohibition);

 

(b)    

confer power to institute proceedings;

 

(c)    

confer power to seize and detain property;

 

(d)    

confer a power of forfeiture, including any power to deal with anything

 

liable to be forfeited.

 

(3)    

In relation to an offence under section 43—

 

(a)    

the reference in subsection (1) to the anticipated offence is to be read as

 

a reference to any offence specified in the indictment; and

 

(b)    

each of the offences specified in the indictment must be an offence in

 

respect of which the prosecutor has power to institute proceedings.

 

(4)    

Any consent to proceedings required as a result of this section is in addition to

 

any consent required by section 50.’.

 


 

No individual liability in respect of corporate manslaughter

 

Maria Eagle

 

Clause added  NC9

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘In section 18 of the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

 

(c. 00) (no individual liability for offences under that Act) after subsection (1)

 

insert—

 

“(1A)    

An individual cannot be guilty of an offence under Part 2 of the Serious

 

Crime Act 2007 (encouraging or assisting crime) by reference to an

 

offence of corporate manslaughter.”’.

 


 

Code of practice for disclosure of information to prevent fraud

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Clause added  nc11

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

The Secretary of State must prepare, and keep under review, a code of practice

 

with respect to the disclosure, for the purposes of preventing fraud or a particular

 

kind of fraud, of information by public authorities as members of specified anti-

 

fraud organisations or otherwise in accordance with any arrangements made by

 

such organisations.

 

(2)    

Before preparing or altering the code, the Secretary of State must consult—

 

(a)    

any specified anti-fraud organisation;


 
 

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(b)    

the Information Commissioner; and

 

(c)    

such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.

 

(3)    

A public authority must have regard to the code in (or in connection with)

 

disclosing information, for the purposes of preventing fraud or a particular kind

 

of fraud, as a member of a specified anti-fraud organisation or otherwise in

 

accordance with any arrangements made by such an organisation.

 

(4)    

Nothing in this section applies in relation to any disclosure by a relevant public

 

authority of information whose subject-matter is a matter about which provision

 

would be within the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament if it were

 

included in an Act of the Scottish Parliament.

 

(5)    

The Secretary of State must—

 

(a)    

lay a copy of the code, and of any alterations to it, before Parliament; and

 

(b)    

from time to time publish the code as for the time being in force.

 

(6)    

In this section—

 

“information” and “public authority” have the same meaning as in section

 

63;

 

“relevant public authority” has the meaning given by section 63(6); and

 

“specified anti-fraud organisation” means any person which is a specified

 

anti-fraud organisation for the purposes of section 63.’.

 


 

Powers of management receivers and enforcement receivers

 

Mr Vernon Coaker

 

Clause added  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

 

(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


 
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