Amendments proposed to the Proceeds of Crime Bill - continued House of Commons

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Mr Bob Ainsworth

345

Clause     283,     page     163,     line     42,     leave out 'the High Court' and insert 'courts'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

346

Clause     283,     page     163,     line     43,     leave out 'Chapter' and insert 'Part'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

347

Clause     283,     page     164,     line     1,     leave out from 'court' to end of line 2.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

348

That Clause 283 be transferred to the end of line 21 on page 178.


   

Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

401

Clause     287,     page     165,     line     3,     leave out 'twelve' and insert 'six'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

321

Clause     288,     page     167,     line     32,     leave out paragraph (b) and insert—

      '(b) postal orders,

      (c) cheques of any kind, including travellers' cheques,

      (d) bankers' drafts,

      (e) bearer bonds and bearer shares'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

322

Clause     288,     page     167,     line     35,     leave out subsection (7) and insert—

    '(7)   Cash also includes any kind of monetary instrument which is found at any place in the United Kingdom, if the instrument is specified by the Secretary of State by an order made after consultation with the Scottish Ministers'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

323

Clause     289,     page     168,     line     22,     after first 'the', insert 'customs'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

324

Clause     290,     page     169,     line     2,     leave out from 'exercised' to end of line 3 and insert 'in cases where the customs officer or constable who exercised them is required to give a report under section 289(6)'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

325

Clause     293,     page     170,     line     14,     at end insert—

    '(1A)   A customs officer or constable may also seize cash part of which he has reasonable grounds for suspecting to be—

      (a) recoverable property, or

      (b) intended by any person for use in unlawful conduct,

    if it is not reasonably practicable to seize only that part.'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

326

Clause     294,     page     170,     line     41,     leave out from beginning to 'is' and insert 'with which the cash'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

327

Clause     294,     page     171,     line     1,     leave out subsection (6).

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

328

Clause     294,     page     171,      leave out lines 8 to 11 and insert 'that there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that the cash is intended to be used in unlawful conduct and that either—

      (a) its continued detention is justified while its intended use is further investigated or consideration is given to bringing (in the United Kingdom or elsewhere) proceedings against any person for an offence with which the cash is connected, or

      (b) proceedings against any person for an offence with which the cash is connected have been started and have not been concluded'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

329

Clause     295,     page     171,     line     17,     at end insert—

    '( )    In the case of cash seized under section 293(1A), the customs officer or constable must, on paying it into the account, release so much of the cash then held in the account as is not attributable to cash which is—

      (c) recoverable property, or

      (d) intended by any person for use in unlawful conduct'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

330

Clause     296,     page     171,     line     25,     leave out from second 'the' to end of line 27 and insert 'conditions in section 294 for the detention of the cash are no longer met in relation to the cash to be released'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

331

Clause     296,     page     171,     line     33,     leave out from 'forfeiture' to 'until' and insert 'under section 297, or for its release under section [Victims], is made'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

332

Clause     296,     page     171,     line     39,     leave out subsection (6).


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

333

Clause     297,     page     172,     line     16,     leave out subsections (4) and (5).

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

334

Clause     297,     page     172,     line     29,     leave out subsection (6).


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

335

Clause     300,     page     173,     line     20,     leave out subsections (2) and (3) and insert—

    '(1A)   If, for any period after the initial detention of the cash for 48 hours, the cash was not held in an interest-bearing account while detained, the court or sheriff may order an amount of compensation to be paid to the applicant.

    (1B)   The amount of compensation to be paid under subsection (1A) is the amount the court or sheriff thinks would have been earned in interest in the period in question if the cash had been held in an interest-bearing account.

    (1C)   If the court or sheriff is satisfied that, taking account of any interest to be paid under section 295 or any amount to be paid under subsection (1A), the applicant has suffered loss as a result of the detention of the cash and that the circumstances are exceptional, the court or sheriff may order compensation (or additional compensation) to be paid to him.

    (1D)   The amount of compensation to be paid under subsection (1C) is the amount the court or sheriff thinks reasonable, having regard to the loss suffered and any other relevant circumstances'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

336

Clause     300,     page     173,     line     41,     leave out '297(5)' and insert '[Victims]'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

337

Clause     302,     page     174,     line     17,     leave out 'Property' and insert 'Recoverable property obtained through unlawful conduct'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

338

Clause     303,     page     174,     line     27,     leave out 'the original property or of' and insert 'recoverable property, whether the original property or'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

339

Clause     303,     page     174,     line     31,     after 'of', insert 'recoverable'.


   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

340

Clause     310,     page     178,     line     25,     at end insert 'or (7)'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

341

Clause     310,     page     179,     line     14,     leave out 'by virtue of section 267' and insert 'under section 267 (including one made by virtue of section 276)'.

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

342

Clause     310,     page     179,     line     43,     at end add—

    '( )   Proceedings against any person for an offence are concluded when—

      (a) the person is convicted or acquitted,

      (b) the prosecution is discontinued or, in Scotland, the trial diet is deserted simpliciter, or

      (c) the jury is discharged without a finding'.


NEW CLAUSES RELATING TO PART 5

Consent orders: pensions

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies where recoverable property to which proceedings under this Chapter relate includes rights under a pension scheme.

    (2)   A recovery order made by virtue of section 276—

      (a) may not provide for the rights to be vested in the trustee for civil recovery, but

      (b) may include provision imposing the following requirement, if the trustees or managers of the scheme are parties to the agreement by virtue of which the order is made.

    (3)   The requirement is that the trustees or managers of the pension scheme—

      (a) make a payment in accordance with the agreement, and

      (b) give effect to any other provision made by virtue of this section in respect of the scheme.

    (4)   The trustees or managers of the pension scheme have power to enter into any agreement to which a recovery order made by virtue of section 276 may give effect.

    (5)   The following provisions apply in respect of a recovery order made by virtue of section 276, so far as it includes the requirement mentioned in subsection (3).

    (6)   The order overrides the provisions of the pension scheme to the extent that they conflict with the requirement.

    (7)   The order may provide for the recovery by the trustees or managers of the scheme (whether by deduction from any amount which they are required to pay in pursuance of the agreement or otherwise) of costs incurred by them in—

      (a) complying with the order, or

      (b) providing information, before the order was made, to the enforcement authority, interim receiver or interim administrator.

    (8)   Sections 273(6) and 274 (read with section 275) apply as if the requirement were included in an order made by virtue of section 273(2).

    (9)   Section 275(3) to (6) has effect for the purposes of this section.'.


Victims

   

Mr Bob Ainsworth

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   A person who claims that any cash detained under section 294, or any part of it, belongs to him may apply to a magistrates' court or (in Scotland) the sheriff for the cash or part to be released to him.

    (2)   The application may be made in the course of proceedings under section 294 or 297 or at any other time.

    (3)   If it appears to the court or sheriff concerned that—

      (a) the applicant was deprived of the cash or part, or of property which it represents, by unlawful conduct,

      (b) the property he was deprived of was not, immediately before he was deprived of it, recoverable property, and

      (c) the cash or part belongs to him,

    the court or sheriff may order the cash or part to be released to the applicant.'.

 
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