Clause 4 — Fraud by abuse of position

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 1:45 pm on 26th October 2006.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 1:45 pm, 26th October 2006

Mr. Heath is entirely right—there was a full discussion in Committee on this clause and these concepts, and I commend to him and to the Solicitor-General the remarks of not only my hon. Friend Mr. Grieve but of my hon. and learned Friend Mr. Cox, who has extensive experience of dealing with fraud cases in the criminal courts.

It is neither necessary nor appropriate for me to offer a third explanation of the points that my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Torridge and West Devon made Upstairs. I fully understand the concerns of the hon. Member for Somerton and Frome about this clause, but I do not want to stand in the way of the Solicitor-General's giving us the Government's explanation.