Clause 69 - Powers of court and receiver

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 29 November 2001.

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Photo of Boris Johnson Boris Johnson Conservative, Henley 2:45, 29 November 2001

I must, of course, set the Committee's mind to rest. If, in the unhappy event of my being convicted of a crime, the director were to seize The Spectator, that would to some extent prove the point that Opposition Members have been making. Although The Spectator may be connected with me and my conduct, it is in no sense my property. It is the property of Conrad Black, so selling it would be a grievous injustice. Were the director to place a restraint order on the conduct of The Spectator, that would prove even more of the eloquent criticisms that have been made. I hope that the Minister will take that as an example of exactly the way in which the Bill could go wrong.