Clause 154 - Drug trafficking offences

Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:45 pm on 6 December 2001.

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Photo of Mr John McWilliam Mr John McWilliam Labour, Blaydon

With this it will be convenient to take the following: Government amendment No. 264.

Clause stand part.

Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes Minister of State, Scottish Office, Minister of State (Scotland Office)

These are technical amendments. Amendment No. 263 deletes the reference in subsection (3)(b) to section 14 of the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990, as the Bill repeals section 14.

Amendment No. 264 deletes, in effect, subsection (4)(a), and subsection (4)(b), since the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 is being repealed, and replaced by the new provisions on money laundering in the Bill. The new insertion is a consequential drafting replacement for subsection (4)(c).

Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath

I am not challenging the Minister's explanation, but I am not sure whether I understood him correctly. Perhaps I did not catch what he was saying. I understand that under amendment No. 264, the Government are removing the reference to the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 that will be repealed when the Bill is enacted. However, I did not understand his reference to amendment 263, which would leave out subsection (3)(b). Is he saying that the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990 will be repealed by different legislation?

Photo of Mr George Foulkes Mr George Foulkes Minister of State, Scottish Office, Minister of State (Scotland Office)

Amendment No. 263 deletes the reference in subsection (3)(b) to section 14 of the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990, because the Bill repeals that section.

Photo of Mr Nick Hawkins Mr Nick Hawkins Conservative, Surrey Heath

I am grateful to the Minister. Only section 14 of that Act will be repealed by the Bill.

Amendment agreed to.

Amendment made: No. 264, in page 92, line 23, leave out subsection (4) and insert—

'(4) An offence of conspiring, inciting or attempting to commit an offence falling within subsections (1) to (3) is a drug trafficking offence.'.—[Mr. Foulkes.]

Clause 154, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 155 ordered to stand part of the Bill.