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Amendment Paper as at
Tuesday 1st May 2001

CONSIDERATION OF BILL


SOCIAL SECURITY FRAUD BILL [LORDS], AS AMENDED

NEW CLAUSES

Social Security Information Commission
   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

       'After section 110AA of the Administration Act there shall be inserted—

"110AB. Social Security Information Commission
    (1)   There shall be an independent body called the Social Security Information Commission ('the Commission').

    (2)   The responsibilities of the Commission shall be to—

    (a)   monitor the exercise of powers under sections 109B, 109BA and 110AA of this Act, and

    (b)   review the content of the code of practice issued by the Secretary of State under section 3 of the Social Security Fraud Act 2001.

    (3)   The Commission may from time to time make recommendations about the matters referred to in subsection (2) above, and may publish its recommendations if it thinks fit.

    (4)   The Commission shall publish a report each year on its exercise of its powers under this section, and shall lay a copy of each such report before both Houses of Parliament.

    (5)   The Secretary of State shall pay the expenses of the Commission.".'.


Disclosure of benefit details

   

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

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

       'The Secretary of State may require, by amending any benefit application form, that all benefit applicants shall give consent in writing, as a condition of receiving benefit, to the provision of some or all of their benefit details by an authorised officer to—

    (a)   any person falling within section 109B(2A) of the Administration Act; and

    (b)   any other person whose principal duty is to counter fraud;

       provided that the benefit recipient has a conviction for fraud or the officer has reasonable grounds for belief that the benefit recipient may be committing, or intending to commit, fraud.'.


Disclosure of information by Inland Revenue

   

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

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

       '.Subsection (2) of section 58 of the Finance Act 1969 (disclosure of information for statistical purposes by Board of Inland Revenue) is repealed.'.


   

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

11A

Page     2,     line     26     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2BB)   Prior to the exercise of the power conferred on an authorised officer to obtain information under this section, that officer shall obtain in writing the consent to carry out an investigation.

    (2BC)   Consent must be granted in writing or (if not in writing) in a manner that produces a record of its having been granted; and it must—

    (a)   describe the conduct and data in relation to which it is authorised; and

    (b)   specify the office, rank or position held by the person granting the authorisation.'.

   

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

12

Page     2,     line     26     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2BD)   Requests for information made by authorised officers to any of the bodies falling within subsection (2A) shall be made through a central organisation, and a notice requiring data to be disclosed or to be obtained and disclosed—

    (a)   must be given in writing or (if not in writing) must be given in a manner that produces a record of its having been given;

    (b)   must describe the data to be obtained or disclosed under the notice;

    (c)   must specify the office, rank or position held by the person giving it; and

    (d)   must specify the manner in which any disclosure required by the notice is to be made.'.

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

11

Page     2,     line     31     [Clause     1],     leave out 'has committed,'.

   

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

13

Page     2,     line     37     [Clause     1],     leave out 'who is an official of a Government department and'.


   

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

14

Page     3,     line     1     [Clause     1],     leave out 'or described'.

   

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

15

Page     3,     line     14     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2G)   A person to whom a notice is given under subsection (2A) above may, by notice in writing given to the authorised officer within thirty days after the date of the notice under that subsection, object to that notice on the ground that it would be onerous for him to comply with it; and if the matter is not resolved by agreement, it shall be referred to an official of seniority within the relevant department, who may confirm, vary or cancel that notice.'.

   

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

16

Page     3,     line     14     [Clause     1],     at end insert—

    '(2H)   An authorised officer who gives a notice to a person under subsection (2A) above shall also give to that person a written summary of his reasons for applying for consent to the giving of the notice.'.


   

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

19

Page     6,     line     48     [Clause     2],     at end insert—

    '(8)   In this section and in sections 109B and 109BA an 'authorised officer' means an individual holding such offices, ranks or positions with relevant public authorities as are prescribed for the purposes of this subsection by an order made by the Secretary of State who is designated by the Secretary of State as an authorised officer.'.


   

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

20

Page     8,     line     21     [Clause     4],     at end insert—

    '(g)   any person not falling within paragraphs (a) to (f) above but who falls within one of the categories of section 109B(2A) of the Administration Act.'.


   

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

17

Page     9,     line     9     [Clause     5],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to maintain and publish a list of countries with whom there are arrangements in force for the exchange of relevant information under this section.'.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

3

Page     10,     line     30,     leave out Clause 7.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

2

Page     12     [Clause     7],     leave out line 20.

   

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

18

Page     12,     line     24     [Clause     7],     after 'any', insert 'state'.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

4

Page     13,     line     3,     leave out Clause 8.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

5

Page     14,     line     8,     leave out Clause 9.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

6

Page     15,     line     18,     leave out Clause 10.

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

7

Page     15,     line     36,     leave out Clause 11.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

8

Page     16,     line     18,     leave out Clause 12.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

9

Page     17,     line     1,     leave out Clause 13.


   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

1

Page     23,     line     11     [Clause     20],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   The Secretary of State may not make an order under subsection (1) to bring section 7 into force before a period of two years has elapsed from the date on which this Act is passed.'.

   

Steve Webb
Mr Paul Burstow

10

Page     23,     line     20     [Clause     21],     leave out '7, 10, 11, 12(3), 13'.


 
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