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Amendment Paper as at
Thursday 5th April 2001

STANDING COMMITTEE A


SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD BILL [LORDS]

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

24

Clause     2,     page     5,     line     16,     leave out 'particular' and insert 'specified'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

25

Clause     2,     page     5,     line     16,     leave out 'could be' and insert 'is'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

26

Clause     2,     page     5,     line     18,     leave out 'that a person is required to enter into' and insert 'entered into with a person'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

27

Clause     2,     page     5,     line     28,     at end insert '; and

    (e)   such arrangements as are necessary to provide that person with a report upon the investigation should they either be incidental to the investigation in process or, if the subject of that investigation, found to be innocent of any wrongdoing'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

28

Clause     2,     page     5,     line     46,     leave out from 'may' to end of line 48 and insert 'enter into arrangements with that person under which authorised officers may obtain by electronic access to those records the information which they could have requested by a notice issued in accordance with section 109B(1)'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

29

Clause     2,     page     6,     line     8,     leave out 'particular' and insert 'specified'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

30

Clause     2,     page     6,     line     12,     leave out 'that a person is required to enter into' and insert 'entered into with a person'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

31

Clause     2,     page     6,     line     24,     at end insert 'subject to the terms of the code of practice'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

32

Clause     2,     page     6,     line     24,     at end insert 'subject to the approval of a magistrate'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

33

Clause     2,     page     6,     line     26,     after 'information', insert 'relevant to the investigation being undertaken and'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

34

Clause     2,     page     6,     line     42,     leave out from 'case' to end of line 43.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

35

Clause     2,     page     7,     line     2,     after 'refuses', insert 'without reasonable grounds'.


   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

39

Clause     3,     page     7,     line     10,     after 'shall', insert 'by order'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

40

Clause     3,     page     7,     line     26,     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   An order under this paragraph shall be made by statutory instrument and shall not be made unless a draft has been laid before and approved by each House of Parliament'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

38

Clause     3,     page     7,     line     34,     at end insert—

    '(6A)   The exercise of powers under subsection (1) shall be subject to the oversight of the Data Protection Commissioner, or such other body as the Secretary of State may by order designate, and it shall be the responsibility of the Commissioner (or such other body) to put in place such arrangements as they think appropriate for—

    (a)   monitoring compliance with the Code of Practice; and

    (b)   advising on any disciplinary action that should be taken in instances where they are satisfied that an authorised officer has not complied with the Code of Practice.'.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

36

Clause     3,     page     7,     line     40,     leave out from 'officer' to end of line 41 and insert 'means a representative of the Benefits Agency or a local authority who has been authorised by the Secretary of State to undertake investigative work'.


   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

41

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     2,     leave out from 'by' to end of line 21 and insert 'all persons who fall within subsection (2A)'

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

8

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     5,     leave out from '(c.39))' to end of line 6.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

9

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     8,     leave out from '(c.23)) to end of line 9.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

10

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     12,     leave out from '(c.39))' to end.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

11

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     14,     leave out from 'pipes' to end.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

12

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     16,     leave out from 'systems' to end of line 17.

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

13

Clause     4,     page     8,     line     20,     leave out from 'section' to end of line 21.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

44

Clause     7,     page     12,     line     19,     leave out from 'pay;' to end of line 20.


   

Mr Jeff Rooker
Angela Eagle
Mr Richard Burden
Mr Ian Pearson

1

Clause     21,     page     23,     line     22,     leave out subsection (3).


NEW CLAUSE

Seniority of authorised officers

   

Mr David Willetts
Mrs Jacqui Lait
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Peter Atkinson
Sir Paul Beresford
Mr David Wilshire

NC1

To move the following Clause—

    '—(1)   Subject to subsection (2), an authorised officer allowed to undertake investigative work under this Act shall hold the rank of higher executive officer or above in the relevant department.

    (2)   An authorised officer obtaining information under this Act from any person providing a telecommunications service shall hold such office, rank or position, and shall be subject to such restrictions, as are prescribed by orders made under section 25 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.'.


    ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE (3RD APRIL)

       That—

    (1)   during proceedings on the Social Security Fraud Bill the Standing Committee do meet on Tuesday 3rd April at half-past Ten o'clock, on Thursday 5th April at five minutes to Ten o'clock, and on Monday 9th April between half-past Four o'clock and Seven o'clock;

    (2)   the proceedings on the Bill shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Monday 9th April at Seven o'clock.


 
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