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Clause 10

Notification requirements


Amendment made: No. 1, in page 6, line 37, after "affecting" insert "in a material particular".--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 16

Requirement of registration for registration plate suppliers


Amendments made: No. 2, in page 9, line 25, after "he" insert "--
(a)'.
No. 3, in page 9, line 26, at end insert--
'; and
(b) is not an exempt person.
(2A) The Secretary of State may by regulations provide for--
(a) activities of a prescribed description to be treated for the purposes of this Part as not being activities which consist in selling registration plates;
(b) persons of a prescribed description to be exempt persons for the purposes of this Part.'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 18

Applications for registration


Amendments made: No. 4, in page 10, line 20, at end insert--
'(2A) A person who, in making an application for registration--
(a) makes a statement which he knows to be false in a material particular, or
(b) recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular,
shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.
(2B) Where an order under section 19(A1)(b) has effect in relation to a person who has been convicted of an offence under subsection (2A), no application for registration shall be made by that person under subsection (1) in contravention of the order.'.
No. 5, in page 10, line 23, leave out "19" and insert "19(1)".
No. 6, in page 10, line 23, at end insert--
'( ) A person who makes an application in contravention of subsection (2B) or (3) shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 19

Suspension of registration by a court


Amendments made: No. 7, in page 10, line 26, at beginning insert--
'(A1) Where a person is convicted of an offence under section 18(2A) the court before which he is convicted may, instead of or in addition to imposing a fine, by order do either or both of the following--
(a) provide for the removal of any entry relating to him in the register;
(b) prohibit him from making an application for registration under section 18(1) within such period not exceeding five years as may be specified in, or determined under, the order.'.
No. 8, in page 10, line 27, after "Part" insert--
'(other than an offence under section 18(2A))'.

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No. 9, in page 10, line 30, leave out "The suspension shall not" and insert--
'No order under subsection (A1) or (1) shall'.
No. 10, in page 10, line 32, leave out "to the Crown Court".
No. 11, in page 10, line 34, at end insert--
'(2A) A court shall give notice to the Secretary of State of the contents of any order which has been made by it under subsection (A1) or (1) and which has effect.'.
No. 12, in page 10, line 35, leave out from "register" to "has" in line 36 and insert "--
(a) to give effect to any order of a court under subsection (A1)(a); or
(b) to reflect any suspension effected by an order of a court under subsection (1),
but may not do so until the order concerned'.
No. 13, in page 10, line 37, at end insert--
'( ) In this section "appeal" includes an application under section 111 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (application by way of case stated).'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 26

Notification requirements: Part II


Amendment made: No. 14, in page 14, line 5, after "affecting" insert "in a material particular".--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 27

Offences relating to counterfeit registration plates


Amendments made: No. 15, in page 14, line 21, leave out from "which" to end of line 22 and insert--
'is not a registration plate as a registration plate knowing that it is not a registration plate or being reckless as to whether it is a registration plate'.
No. 16, in page 14, line 26, leave out "selling counterfeit registration plates" and insert--
'activities which are unlawful by virtue of subsection (1)'.
No. 17, in page 14, line 29, leave out from "person's" to end of line 31 and insert "unlawful activities;".--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 28

Offence of supplying plates etc. to unregistered persons


Amendment made: No. 18, in page 14, line 36, after "person" insert--
'(other than an exempt person)'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 30

Interpretation of Part II


Amendments made: No. 19, in page 15, line 13, at end insert--
' "exempt person" means any person who is an exempt person by virtue of regulations made under section 16(2A)(b);'.
No. 20, in page 15, line 26, leave out "and".
No. 21, in page 15, line 33, at end insert--
'; and

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"selling registration plates" is to be construed in accordance with any regulations made under section 16(2A)(a).'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 35

Access to certain motor insurance information


Amendments made: No. 22, in page 20, line 2, leave out from first "by" to first "the" in line 3 and insert--
'regulation 10 of the Motor Vehicles (Third Party Risks) Regulations 1972 or by any subsequent regulation made under any corresponding power in'.
No. 23, in page 20, line 15, after "means" insert "--
(a)'.
No. 24, in page 20, line 18, at end insert--
'; or
(b) information relating to motor vehicles to which section 143 of the Act of 1988 does not apply or to any certificates or other documents issued in connection with such vehicles.'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 37

Funding of certain magistrates' courts' costs relating to vehicle crime


Amendment made: No. 43, in page 21, line 9, leave out Clause 37.--[Mr. Pope.]

Clause 44

Extent


Amendments made: No. 45, in page 24, line 5, leave out "to 37" and insert--
', 36 and (Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.)'.
No. 25, in page 24, line 8, at end insert--
'( ) Section 35 extends to England and Wales and Scotland.'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Schedule

Consequential amendments


Amendments made: No. 46, in page 26, line 26 [The Schedule], leave out "59F(1) below" and insert--
'(Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.) of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001 (unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.)'.
No. 47, in page 26, line 32 [The Schedule], leave out "59F(1) below" and insert--
'(Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.) of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001'.
No. 48, in page 26, line 36 [The Schedule], leave out "59F(1) below" and insert--
'(Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.) of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001'.
No. 49, in page 26 [The Schedule], leave out lines 37 to 40.
No. 50, in page 26, line 43 [The Schedule], leave out "59F(1) below" and insert--
'(Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.) of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001'.
No. 51, in page 26, line 46 [The Schedule], leave out from beginning to "references" in line 48.

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No. 52, in page 27, line 2 [The Schedule], leave out "59F(3) below" and insert--
'(Unified power for Secretary of State to fund speed cameras etc.) of the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001'.--[Mr. Pope.]

Title


Amendments made: No. 53, in title, line 3, leave out "Lord Chancellor" and insert "Secretary of State".
No. 54, in title, line 4, leave out from "certain" to "to" in line 5 and insert "expenditure relating".--[Mr. Pope.]
Order for Third Reading read.

8.45 pm

Mr. Charles Clarke: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read the Third time.

I shall repeat some of the points that I made earlier when we discussed the programme motion. The Bill has been subjected to thorough scrutiny in Committee. I express my appreciation to the Conservative and Liberal Democrat Members who led that debate and to my colleagues who made constructive contributions throughout. As I said earlier, some aspects were less than constructive, but the overwhelming majority of contributions were positive in tone.

The Bill has emerged the better for its time in Committee. Helpful suggestions were made to improve it, and on Report we discussed some of the proposed changes, but its essential principles remain unaltered.

I shall assess the issues that arose over the guillotining and programming of the Bill. We moved a programme motion on the meetings of the Committee itself. It is generally acknowledged that a full debate was held in Committee; Members had the chance to make their case in the time available and the arguments were fully and substantially made.

That was less true for the programmed debate on Report, which we have just concluded, because four groups of amendments could not be discussed. The new clause on specifications of registration plates, tabled by the Opposition, had no relation to the Bill. The matter arose from the euro-fanaticism of the hon. Member for Buckingham (Mr. Bercow) who wanted to raise a marginal issue. The second group related to the scope of activities and persons covered in parts I and II. I hope that the hon. Gentleman will be generous enough to acknowledge that the debate--like that on inspection of premises--would have been a reprise of the Committee debate, when we discussed the issues in great detail.

The third group related to fees for registration; again, we discussed that matter in detail and at great length in Committee.


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