Amendments proposed to the Proceeds of Crime, As Amended - continued House of Commons

back to previous text

NEW CLAUSE RELATING TO PART 4

Disposal of family home: Northern Ireland
   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

NC3

To move the following Clause:—

    '(1)   This section applies where a confiscation order has been made in relation to any person and the prosecutor or the director (as the case may be) has not satisfied the court that the person's interest in his family home has been acquired as a benefit from his criminal conduct.

    (2)   Where this section applies, then, before the receiver disposes of any right or interest in the person's family home he shall—

      (a) obtain the relevant consent; or

      (b) where he is unable to do so, apply to the court for authority to carry out the disposal.

    (3)   On an application being made to it under subsection (2)(b), the court, after having regard to all the circumstances of the case including—

      (a) the needs and financial resources of the spouse or former spouse of the person concerned;

      (b) the needs and financial resources of any child of the family;

      (c) the length of the period during which the family home has been used as a residence by any of the persons referred to in paragraph (a) or (b),

       may refuse to grant the application or may postpone the granting of the application for such period (not exceeding 12 months) as it may consider reasonable in the circumstances or may grant the application subject to such conditions as it may prescribe.

    (4)   Subsection (3) shall apply to an action for the purpose of obtaining vacant possession of that home in order to dispose of it brought by the receiver as it applies to an application under subsection (2)(b) and, for the puposes of this subsection, any reference in subsection (3) to the granting of the application shall be construed as a reference to the granting of the relief sought in the action.

    (5)   In this section—

       "family home", in relation to any person (in this subsection referred to as "the relevant person") means any property in which the relevant person has or had (whether alone or in common with any other person) a right or interest, being property which is occupied as a residence by the relevant person and his or her spouse or by the relevant person's spouse or former spouse (in any case with or without a child of the family) or by the relevant person with a child of the family;

       "child of the family" includes any child or grandchild of either the relevant person or his or her spouse or former spouse, and any person who has been treated by either the relevant person or his or her spouse or former spouse as if he or she were a child of the relevant person, spouse or former spouse, whatever the age of such a child, grandchild or person may be; and

       "relevant consent" means in relation to the disposal of any right or interest in a family home—

      (a) in a case where the family home is occupied by the spouse or former spouse of the relevant person, the consent of the spouse or, as the case may be, of the former spouse, whether or not the family home is also occupied by the relevant person;

      (b) where paragraph (a) does not apply, in a case where the family home is occupied by the relevant person with a child of the family, the consent of the relevant person.'.


   

Norman Baker
Mr Alistair Carmichael
Annette Brooke

134

Page     3,     line     19     [Clause     6],     after 'must', insert 'normally'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire
Norman Baker
Mr Alistair Carmichael

Annette Brooke

39

Page     3,     line     20     [Clause     6],     at end insert 'and the court considers that there is no real risk of injustice from it so proceeding'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

1

Page     3,     line     35     [Clause     6],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

2

Page     3,     line     36     [Clause     6],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

3

Page     3,     line     38     [Clause     6],     leave out 'does not have a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is not a dishonest offender for gain'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire
Norman Baker
Mr Alistair Carmichael

Annette Brooke

40

Page     4,     line     9     [Clause     6],     leave out 'on a balance of probabilities' and insert 'to the standard of proof applicable in civil proceedings'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

41

Page     4,     line     20     [Clause     8],     at end insert—

    '(1A)   But the defendant shall not be held to have benefited to the extent that such benefit has already been forfeited by reason of any other power or enactment.'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

4

Page     5,     line     39     [Clause     11],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Alistair Carmichael
Annette Brooke

137

Page     5,     line     40     [Clause     11],     after 'must', insert 'normally'.

   

Norman Baker
Mr Alistair Carmichael
Annette Brooke

197

Page     5,     line     43     [Clause     11],     leave out 'his benefit from the conduct' and insert 'the amount by which he has benefited from that conduct'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire
Norman Baker
Mr Alistair Carmichael

Annette Brooke

42

Page     6,     line     18     [Clause     11],     leave out 'serious' and insert 'real'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

80

Page     7,     line     6     [Clause     12],     at end insert—

    '(7)   The court must not make an order under subsection (2) or (4) unless it gives—

      (a) the prosecutor, or

      (b) if the Director was appointed as the enforcement authority for the order under section 35, the Director,

    an opportunity to make representations.'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

190

Page     8,     line     5     [Clause     14],     leave out subsection (7).


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

5

Page     9,     line     42     [Clause     17],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

6

Page     10,     line     1     [Clause     17],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.

   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

81

Page     10,     line     4     [Clause     17],     leave out subsection (4) and insert—

    '(4)   A statement under subsection (3) must include information the prosecutor or Director believes is relevant—

      (a) in connection with the making by the court of a required assumption under section 11;

      (b) for the purpose of enabling the court to decide if the circumstances are such that it must not make such an assumption.'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

43

Page     10,     line     7     [Clause     17],     leave out 'serious' and insert 'real'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

7

Page     10,     line     12     [Clause     17],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

8

Page     13,     line     5     [Clause     21],     leave out 'has a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is a dishonest offender for gain'.

   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

9

Page     13,     line     7     [Clause     21],     leave out 'does not have a criminal lifestyle' and insert 'is not a dishonest offender for gain'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

191

Page     17,     line     42     [Clause     25],     leave out 'is situated in England and Wales and'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

44

Page     18,     line     38     [Clause     28],     leave out 'appropriate' and insert 'just'.


   

Mr Oliver Letwin
Mr Dominic Grieve
Mr Nick Hawkins
Mr David Wilshire

45

Page     19,     line     34     [Clause     29],     leave out 'appropriate' and insert 'just'.


   

Mr Secretary Blunkett

82

Page     20,     line     20     [Clause     30],     at end insert—

      '(ba) he is convicted of an offence (or any of the offences) mentioned in section 29(2)(a),'.

 
previous section contents continue
 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page Search page Enquiries index

©Parliamentary copyright 2002
Prepared 22 Feb 2002