Clause 13 - Interpretation

Part of Criminal Justice and Police Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 15th February 2001.

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Photo of Charles Clarke Charles Clarke Minister of State, Home Office 2:45 pm, 15th February 2001

It has been confirmed that the right hon. and learned Gentleman's earlier dilatoriness led him to raise that point now. I will not say that that is out of order; it would be wrong to do so. He is a very intelligent and senior Conservative lawyer—and therefore, by definition, an exciting and vibrant lawyer.

In clause 13,

```registrable sum' has the meaning given in section 10(4).''

Proposed section 10(4) says:

``Registrable sum'' means a sum that may be registered under this section as a result of section 4(5).''

Proposed section 4(5) states:

``If, by the end of the suspended enforcement period— (a) the penalty has not been paid in accordance with this Chapter and (b) A has not made a request to be tried, a sum equal to one and a half times the amount of the penalty may be registered under section 10 for enforcement against A as a fine.''

That line of logic is very clear and is clearly set out in the Bill. I have no more to say on the subject.

The MOD police are an interesting subject for debate. As luck would have it, I was in Wiltshire yesterday morning. I went there after we had finished our proceedings on Tuesday night. Because of my devotion to Government business—