Clause 4 — Fraud by abuse of position

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 2:25 pm on 26th October 2006.

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Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Solicitor General, Law Officers' Department 2:25 pm, 26th October 2006

With the leave of the House, Madam Deputy Speaker.

On Texas juries, the system is different in Texas for all sorts of reasons. One of those reasons is the element of plea bargaining in fraud cases, which is not carried out in the same way in our jurisdiction.

I close by thanking all those who have worked hard to make the Bill possible. I thank Opposition and Government Members for the constructive nature of the debate throughout. I thank the Chairmen of the Committee, Mr. Amess and my hon. Friend Mr. Jones, and the members of the Committee for their exemplary work. I thank my Parliamentary Private Secretary, my hon. Friend Mr. Cunningham, for his unstinting assistance. I also thank the officials, lawyers and staff of the House, who have worked extremely hard to bring the Bill to this stage. The Attorney-General and I led on this Bill, but the Home Office took responsibility for policy and most of the background work was done by Home Office officials, whom I thank. I also thank Mr. Justice Wilkie, who was then a law commissioner and who produced the Law Commission report to which we are indebted.

The Bill has a big job to do, and we have worked hard to send it into law in good shape. I hope that it works to deter those who are tempted by fraud, and if it fails to do so, I hope that it assists in convicting, imprisoning and punishing those who commit fraud. I commend the Bill to the House.

Question put and agreed to.

Bill accordingly read the Third time, and passed without amendment.