Clause 252 - Functions of interim receiver

Part of Proceeds of Crime Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 4:15 pm on 13 December 2001.

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Photo of Dominic Grieve Dominic Grieve Shadow Minister (Home Affairs) 4:15, 13 December 2001

I am grateful to the Minister. He is right. When I opened the discussion, I said I wanted to understand the interrelationship between clauses 252 and 282. There were a number of possible grey areas. The hon. Gentleman has resolved nearly all of them, but at the end we were left with a serious omission. I find it most peculiar that in an issue of public policy—and this example involves the most innocent category of person—there is apparently no mechanism for redress.

I suppose that it would be possible to bring a claim against the director, but why subject individuals in these circumstances to that burden when it should be easy to include them within the provisions of clause 282 as an interested party who could come along and ask the court for compensation?