Making of Confiscation Orders

Orders of the Day — Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill [Lords] – in the House of Commons at 7:15 pm on 7th June 1995.

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Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West 7:15 pm, 7th June 1995

I beg to move amendment No. 152, in page 64, leave out lines 32 and 33.

Mr. Deputy Speaker:

With this, it will be convenient to discuss also Government amendments Nos. 153, 155 and 160 to 162.

Photo of Lord James Douglas-Hamilton Lord James Douglas-Hamilton , Edinburgh West

The provisions that these amendments would adjust prevent the court from making a suspended forfeiture order or other forfeiture order until it has determined the amount payable. We do not consider that the court should be so fettered because that could take months. The court should be able to forfeit property immediately after conviction where this is considered appropriate.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 153, in page 64, leave out lines 39 and 40.—[Lord James Douglas-Hamilton.]