Joint Committee On Human Rights Fourth Report

10. Letter from Nottingham City Council's solicitors and parliamentary agents,

Messrs Bircham Dyson Bell, to the Chairman


Further to my letter of 23 January 2003, I have now taken instructions from my client, Nottingham City Council.

With regard to the powers to be granted by clause 14 of the Bill, the Council cannot foresee the need to seize or inspect excluded or special procedure material (as defined by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984) or items that are subject to legal privilege and are in the hands of a person other than a solicitor.

Therefore, rather than import into the Bill provisions that are equivalent to section 9 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, adjusted so as to apply to authorised officers of the Council, I suggest that subsection (7) of clause 14 of the Bill be widened to cover the above material.

If this approach finds favour with your Committee, I suggest that I draft the amendment to achieve this and put it to Counsel to the Lord Chairman of Committees when I am preparing the Filled­up Bill for the Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

29 January 2003

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